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Arthritis Today

Standing Quadriceps Strengthening

PRECAUTION: Be careful to maintain your balance. Hold onto a stable object (a chair, railing, wall or counter) while doing this exercise.

  • Hold onto a counter, table, railing or wall for support.
  • Stand on your right foot, keeping your right knee slightly bent.
  • Tighten the muscles on the front of your left thigh first so your left knee is straight but not locked.  Keeping your left leg straight, bring your left leg forward so it is slightly off the ground. Repeat 5 times to start, increasing to no more than 30 times.
  • Repeat standing on your left foot and using your right leg.

If you can easily do this exercise 30 times on each side without pain, you can add a 1- to 2-pound strap ankle weight to each leg and do the exercise as described. Start slowly, though, repeating 5 times to start and increasing to more than 30 times on each leg.

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