Standing Hip Abduction

Equipment
Chair
BODY PART

Purpose

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.

Set up

Stand with your feet hip width apart holding onto the back of a chair or a countertop for support.

Movement

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.

Tips

  • 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.
  • Your leg should not move forward in front of you as you lift it out to the side.
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