Hip Extension to Improve Balance

The hip extension is an exercise designed to improve leg strength.

  1. Stand 12 to 18 inches from table or chair (facing chair or table).
  2. Bend at hips; hold onto table.
  3. Slowly lift one leg straight backwards.
  4. Hold position.
  5. Slowly lower leg.
  6. Repeat with other leg.
  7. Add modifications as you progress
Do the hip extension as part of your regularly scheduled strength exercises. Add these modifications to help improve your balance as you progress: Hold the table with one hand, then one fingertip, then no hands; then do exercise with eyes closed, if steady.

Click here for a printable weekly schedule for exercising: Strength Exercises Daily Record.

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