The lateral squat walk exercise is a great way to strengthen your hip abductor muscles in a functional position, providing increased strength and stability of your pelvis during walking and other everyday activities. Your hip abductor muscles are also important for maintaining balance.
Stand with a loop resistance band around both ankles. Assume an athletic stance with your feet hip width apart and a slight bend in both knees.
Keeping your knees bent in a mini squat position and your pelvis level, reach your leading leg out to the side. Control your trailing leg and bring it to a hip width position. Repeat to the same side so that you are essentially walking sideways for 5 repetitions as space allows. Then reverse direction.