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.
Sit down on a chair, and slide your feet through a loop resistance band so that the band is around both ankles. You will probably want to start with a light to moderate resistance band for this exercise.
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. Slowly lower your leg back down to the starting position.