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Examples of strength training: Legs

1. Sit to stand
  • Sit on the edge of your chair
  • Stand upright
  • Do 6 to 10 repetitions
  • Do one to three sets
  • Progress to not using your arms
2. Squat
  • Stand with your legs shoulder width apart
  • Lower your body as if you are sitting on a seat
  • Do not bend your knees beyond 90 degrees
  • Do 6 to 10 repetitions
  • Do one to three sets
  • To progress, hold hand weights and repeat exercise
3. Step ups

This activity can be either a strength or an aerobic exercise.

For strength:
  • Do 6 to 10 repetitions
  • Do one to three sets
  • To progress hold hand weights and repeat exercise
For aerobic:
  • Do a 30 second set of step ups, then rest for one minute
  • Repeat 5 to 20 times depending upon your fitness
4. Leg press
  • From the start position, press legs forward until knees are straight
  • Do 6 to 10 repetitions
  • Do one to three sets
5. Lunge
  • Stand with a wide stride
  • Bend both legs until forward thigh is parallel with the ground
  • Do 6 to 10 repetitions
  • Do one to three sets
  • To progress, hold hand weights and repeat exercise