Sitting Leg Exercises

Leg exercises help build strength in your leg muscles in order to maintain balance and prevent falls. These particular types of exercises help improve balance and stability. Before you begin these balancing routines make sure you have a table or chair that you can hold on to.

1. Leg circles

Sit at the edge of your chair with your left leg bent and your right leg straight. Slowly make small circles to the right with your straight leg. Gradually make the circles bigger, and then switch directions starting with small circles going to the left. After you are finished with your right leg, switch it up and do the same thing on the left leg. Try doing 30 seconds of leg circles to the right and then 30 second to the left on each leg.

2. Knee raise

Sit in your chair, with both feet flat on the floor and your back straight. Lift one knee up as far as it can go, while pointing your toes. Then lower your foot back to the ground, and switch legs. Continuously to do this for one minute while alternating legs.

3. Leg raise with side press

Start in the same position as the knee raise, but straighten your legs with your toes pointed. Unilaterally, lift each leg to a 90 degree angle, press your leg out as far as it will go, return to the center, and lower. This exercise will be a four count move for each leg. Try doing this exercise for one minute.