Exercise - Side Leg Raise To Improve Balance

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Side Leg Raise to Improve Balance

The side leg raise is an exercise to improve balance and strength.

  1. Stand straight, directly behind table or chair, feet slightly apart.
  2. Hold table for balance.
  3. Slowly lift one leg to side, 6-12 inches.
  4. Hold position.
  5. Slowly lower leg.
  6. Repeat with other leg.
  7. Your back and knees are straight throughout exercise.
  8. Add balance modifications as you progress.

Do the side leg raise as part of your regularly scheduled strength exercises. To improve your balance, add these modifications as you progress: Hold 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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Reviewed on 2/10/2003

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