This is one of the leg strengthening exercises that work the muscles that allow you to lift your legs in order to climb stairs and curbs, and to be able to climb into a bus or car. This workout is an excellent addition to any fitness routine.
The primary muscles that are used in and benefit from this exercise are:
and the tensor fasciae latae
You can perform this exercise with or without ankle weights. Weights will give you a more intense workout.
Use the back of a chair or counter to help you maintain your balance while performing this exercise
Stand with a few fingers on the back of a chair or counter for balance
As you breathe out, bend your right knee and raise your right leg until your thigh is parallel to the floor
Do not bend forward or lean back while performing this exercise
Keep your back straight
Breathe in and lower your right leg to the starting position