Balance Exercise - Side Leg Raise

Senior Balance Exercises Video Series

With this balance exercise you will want to hold onto something as you do the leg raises.

The back of your chair or even a flat surface like the wall will help you maintain balance while you do this one.

This workout will target the hip flexors and thighs, which are part of your core muscles.

Keeping your core strong can help prevent falls and injuries.

Exercise #3 - Side Leg Raises

Whenever doing any type of balancing or stretching exercises, be sure to wear proper clothing. You want your clothes to fit loosely, but not be too baggy.

You need to ensure your clothes move with you and won't get in the way as you do your workout.
  1. Stand directly behind or beside the chair with your back straight.
  2. Place your feet flat to the floor with feet slightly apart. Hold onto the back of the chair or the table.
  3. Take a deep breath and as you exhale slowly lift your right leg about 6 to 12 inches off the floor to the side. Keep both legs straight and your toes pointed forward
  4. Inhale and hold this pose for a few seonds. As you exhale return to starting position.
  5. Repeat this several times on one side then switch to the other leg.
Watch the video below to ensure you are doing the this move correctly. 

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