How to Strengthen the Hip Flexor Exercises for Seniors

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Learn from a fitness expert how to do a hip flexion exercise that helps seniors strengthen hip and leg muscles in this free exercise video for seniors.

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Hi this is Manny Castro, Exercise Physiologist. In this particular clip I will demonstrate a hip strengthening exercise and basically what you’re strengthening is this area, the front area of the thigh and also the hip. Now for this particular exercise all you will need is your chair again for support. And what you will do is stand about a foot and half to two feet behind your chair placing both hands on the back of your chair, and make sure it’s a nice tall chair and what you will do is stand about shoulder width apart with your feet and then you will raise one knee up, you can raise it to parallel that’s fine, you don’t have to raise it that high, you can raise it to right up to here. And then little by little you can increase your flexibility and your strength in that hip to get it up as high as you need. Once again with this exercise you will be using 8 to 15 repetitions and again using the principle of a nice slow count of 3, raising it and then a nice slow count of 3 on the way down. Also you want to pause a little bit when you get to the top of the movement. So pause right here for about a second and then right back down. When you’re done with the left leg you will start with the right leg and again 8 to 15 repetitions and that’s on each of these. So this would be one set and you would complete 2 to 3 total sets of 8 to 15 repetitions with about 2 to 3 minutes rest in between.

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