Seated Quadriceps Strengthening
- Sitting on the edge of a chair, put your right leg out in front of you with it resting on the ground.
- Tighten the muscles on the top of your right thigh by gently pushing the back of your right knee toward the floor.
- Hold for a count of 5.
- Repeat 5 times to start, increasing to no more than 30 times.
- Repeat with your left 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.