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reviewed 12/1/2018

Standing leg lifts

This strength and function exercise helps with balance. Select each step to learn more.

Step 1:

Grasp the back of a chair, keeping your feet slightly apart and toes forward.

Step 2:

Inhale slowly.

Step 3:

Exhale slowly and raise right leg to the side. (Keep toes forward, back straight and left leg slightly bent.)

Step 4:

Hold for 1 second.

Step 5:

Lower right leg while inhaling slowly.

Step 6:

Repeat 10 to 15 times.

Step 7:

Raise and lower left leg 10 to 15 times.

Step 8:

Start with 2 sets per leg. You can increase the number of sets over time.

Source: National Institute on Aging

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