Leg Workout For Seniors And The Elderly

Straight Leg Raise

Leg workout exercises assist with lower body strengthening which improves balance and flexibility. This results in increased functional independence and confidence.

When performing the straight leg raise below, make sure your low back is pressed into the floor. This brings your spine into alignment for increased safety and comfort.

I like this leg workout exercise for not only strengthening the leg and hip but also for stabilizing the low back and pelvis. Give it a try!

Purpose of this exercise

To increase your quadriceps and hip flexor strength. To strengthen your abdominal muscles. Allow you to advance your leg during walking with greater ease.

Step 1

Lie on your back with one knee bent and one knee straight, toes pointing upward to the ceiling.


Step 2

Raise your  straightened leg to the level of the other bent knee. Return to the starting position and repeat with each leg 10 times.



Inhale during the upward movement phase. Exhale during the downward movement phase.


Place your palms down to gain more support. Breathe out during the lifting part. Don’t raise your knee higher than your other knee.

Take it up a notch

Add a 2 to 5 pound weight to your ankle for this leg workout. Hold the raised position for 10 seconds.

How to do Straight Leg Raise

How to do Straight Leg Raise

More Lower Body Strengthening

1. Ankle Circles

2. Hip Marching

3. Knee Extension

4. Calf Raises

5. Standing Knee Flexion

6. Side Hip Raise

7. Sit to Stand

8. Heel Stand

9. Lunges

10. Straight Leg Raise

11. Partial Squats

12. Hip Extension

Resources Family Caregivers https://www.cdc.gov/steadi/pdf/STEADI-CaregiverBrochure.pdf