Prevent Falls among Older Adults with Standing Hip Abduction Exercises

Adding a few standing hip abduction exercises to your daily routine can help you improve your balance and muscle tone, while it’s also a great fall prevention exercise for seniors. This exercise is perfect for anyone looking for a fun, easy way to strengthen their muscles, burn those extra calories, and prevent falls. Let’s take a look at the basics of this exercise and how you can do it easily from the comfort of your own home. 

How to Do a Standing Hip Abduction Exercise


To start, stand against a wall or sturdy object with one hand, ensuring good posture. Take one leg to the side at an angle of 45 degrees while keeping your toes pointed forward. You should feel a stretch in your inner thigh or glutes. Hold this position for two seconds before bringing your leg back in again. Keep your feet parallel while doing this movement so that both sides are even when you finish. Complete ten reps before switching legs and repeat the same sequence on the other side for a full balance exercise. 

If doing this exercise in a gym, you may try holding some light weights or resistance bands for added intensity. At home, try using a filled water bottle or anything else that will provide resistance as you move through each rep. While a balance exercise routine is excellent among seniors, remember always maintain good form through each movement and be mindful of any pain or discomfort during these exercises. If something feels wrong, stop immediately.

Fall Prevention Exercises for Older Adults

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Working out as a senior often requires special attention to ensure you safely work your muscles while avoiding injury, making personal trainers an invaluable resource. Fitness Enhancement’s Personal Trainers can help seniors with a great exercise: the standing hip abduction. This exercise will help improve the strength in your glutes, hips, and legs, making getting up from chairs easier and reducing joint pain. Additionally, personal trainers can offer modifications for any health-related issues that one may have! Working with a personal trainer can also ensure that workouts are tailored to the individual’s level of fitness and health, allowing the senior to get the most out of their exercises. Plus, personal trainers can provide moral support and help keep motivation high throughout the workout routine. With just ten repetitions on each side of your body and some help from the wall for stability, you’ll be on your way to stronger muscles in no time! Get professional help from Fitness Enhancement’s personal trainers. 


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