Strengthens thigh and hip muscles. Use ankle weights, if you are ready to. Stand to the side or behind a chair or table, holding it with one hand for balance. Take 3 seconds to bend your left knee and bring it as far toward your chest as possible. Stand straight throughout, without bending at the waist or hips. Hold position for 1 second, then take 3 seconds to lower your left leg all the way down. Repeat with right leg; alternate legs until you have done 8 to 15 repetitions on each side. Rest; then do another set of 8 to 15 alternating repetitions.
- Stand straight, holding tall, stable object for balance.
- Slowly bend one knee toward chest, without bending waist or hips.
- Hold position.
- Slowly lower leg all the way down.
- Repeat with other leg.