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Straight Leg Raises for Core and Hip Flexor Strength
Posted by Dr. Ben Kim on Mar 06, 2017
Lying supine with your buttocks resting on the backs of your hands, keep your legs straight and together with toes pointed, and raise them up toward your head, then lower them back toward the ground in a controlled manner but try not to let them touch the ground. Work your way up to ten repetitions per set.
When doing straight leg raises, focus on using your hip flexors to initially raise your legs, then shift your focus to contracting your abdominal muscles to bring your legs closer to your head.
Strive to exhale as your legs approach your head, and inhale as you lower your legs.
For an overview of exercise progressions that you can work at to improve your mobility and balance in a systematic way, please feel free to visit our Mobility Exercise Progressions page here:
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