How To Do Standing Side Leg Raises Properly

Learn in this article how to do standing side leg raises exercise properly; side leg raises muscles worked & side leg raises benefits.

You don’t require any equipment to do this leg exercise. Well you can do side leg raises before and after your main exercise routine.

Standing Side Leg Raises Exercise Benefits:

This exercise strengthens your hips, outer thighs, backside muscles and also helps:

(i) Increase range of motion of your hips

(ii) Improve your body stabilization

(iii) Improve muscle strength & endurance in the outer sides of your thighs & hip abductors.

Strengthening these muscles will help you prevent injury and pain in your hips, knees, and lower back.

How To Do Standing Side Leg Raises Exercise Correctly?

Start Position

You are going to keep your hands resting on your hips or out in front of you. Or you may use a chair or another sturdy object for support. Stand straight, upright with your toes facing forward.

This is your start position.


(i) Tighten your core. While shifting your weight to left side, raise your right leg up off the floor. Hold the leg in the raised position for 2 seconds.

(ii) Bring your right leg back down to meet the left leg.

(iii) Inhale while raising your leg up, and exhale while bringing your leg down.

(iv) Repeat 10 to 15 times on one side, and then perform the same drill with your other side.

Important Tips For Standing Side Leg Raises Exercise

(i) Maintain your core, back & legs straight upright. This will help you to avoid strain on your back and get maximum benefits out of this exercise.

(ii) Make sure that your hips are in line and knees are not locked. Keep them relaxed as you do this exercise.

Watch this video, to learn how to do Lying Side Leg Raises exercise:

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