The standing hip abduction exercise strengthens your hip abductor muscles, 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 your feet hip width apart holding onto the back of a chair or a countertop for support.
Lift one leg out to the side. Make sure you do not rotate your pelvis as you lift your leg. Keep your hips facing forward. Make sure your pelvis stays level throughout the exercise. Do not allow your hip to hike up toward your rib cage as you lift the leg. Slowly lower your leg back down to the starting position.