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How To Do The Lying Side Leg Raise Exercise

The lying side leg raise exercise is a great exercise to help strengthen and develop the sides of our hips. Our hips, especially the sides of our hips are often overlooked and often, one of the weaker parts of our body. This is especially true if you are sitting all day at work. By strengthening your hips you can expect to improve your balance and stability. The lying side raise is also a great exercise to perform, it’s not an overly demanding exercise but very effective!

How to do the lying side leg raise exercise - Start position

How to do the lying side leg raise exercise - Right leg up position

How to do the lying side leg raise exercise - Left leg up position

Position for the lying side leg raise exercise

Lie an exercise or yoga mat down on the floor. If you don’t have one, try laying a pillow or towel down. Lie down on your ground and position yourself on your side. Use your elbow to help stabilize your head and upper body. You can use your hand to help with your balance. Position your body so that you are lying on your side.  Remember to keep your back straight and don’t look down (will cause you to round your back).

How to perform lying side leg raise exercise

Raise your right leg until it is at 45 degree angle to the floor. Pause for a second and return your leg back to the start position. Once you’ve completed your repetitions, change positions so that you are lying on your other side. Repeat the movement for your other leg for the prescribed amount of repetitions.


Breathe in as you raise your leg and breathe out as you lower your leg.   

Important points for the lying side leg raise exercise

·         If you feel any camping in your hips or thighs, please stop the exercise and call it a day.

·         Keep your back and body straight. Don’t look down as this will cause you to round your back.

·         If you find you are having trouble moving your leg into a 45 degree angle, go as far as you can without causing too much discomfort. Over time your hips will start to get stronger and you will be able to move your leg higher.

Video for the lying side leg raise exercise

Related Exercises:

The Kneeling Reverse Leg Kickback Exercise

The Kneeling Reverse Leg Circles Exercise

The Standing Reverse Leg Kickback Exercise

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