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Laying Leg Raises

July 27, 2012

Laying Leg Raises

Laying leg raises make it easier for someone with knee arthritis to stand in a steady position for extended periods of time. This exercise can be performed with a yoga mat on the floor or flat on a firm bed.
Lie on your back.   Plant one foot flat with the knee bent to provide stability while exercising the opposite leg. Lift your other leg off the floor while keeping your knee straight. You should try and keep your heel 12 to 18 inches off the bed. Hold this position for 7-10 seconds. This strengthens the hip flexor muscles as well as the muscles surrounding the knee. This exercise should be done until fatigue sets in and you should stop immediately if any pain is felt.



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