Side Leg Raise Exercise

The side leg raise strengthens muscles at sides of hips and thighs. Use ankle weights, if you are ready to or gradually work up to adding weights.

  1. Stand up straight, directly behind a table or chair, feet slightly apart. Hold onto the table to help keep your balance.

  2. Take 3 seconds to lift your right leg 6 to 12 inches out to the side. Keep your back and both legs straight (hold your abdomen in and do not arch your back). Don't point your toes outward; keep them facing forward. Hold the position for 1 second.

  3. Take 3 seconds to lower your leg back to the starting position.

  4. Repeat with left leg.

  5. Alternate legs, until you have repeated the exercise 8 to 15 times with each leg.

  6. Rest; do another set of 8 to 15 alternating repetitions.

  • Stand straight, directly behind table, feet slightly apart.
  • Hold table for balance.
  • Slowly lift one leg to side, 6-12 inches.
  • Hold position.
  • Slowly lower leg.
  • Repeat with other leg.
  • Back and both knees are straight throughout exercise.

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Last Editorial Review: 2/10/2003