Exercise of the Month – Standing Leg Raises

Jun 10, 2016 | Exercise, Health Information

Leg raises strengthen the thigh, hip, buttocks, and lower back muscles and help with balance.

For side leg raises, stand behind a chair and hold on for better balance.

Lift one leg out to the side, keeping it completely aligned from heel to hip, while maintaining a straight back and a slight bend in the supporting leg, then slowly lower the leg.

For back leg raises, use the same chair for balance and slowly lift one leg behind you (without leaning forward), hold for a moment, and lower the leg.

Do not bend the lifted leg or point the toes, and keep the standing leg slightly bent. For each exercise, complete two sets of at least 10 reps for each leg, alternating legs between sets.