This video shows how to build the back of the thighs and buttock muscles that are needed walk forward, help you to stand and when you pick something up off the floor and even support your body when you go from a bent over to standing position such as when you brush your teeth. If you find that the tension is too easy with your leg only, add a hold at the top of the position while emphasizing tightening your muscles. You may also use a weighted item such as ankle weight, sock filled with something weighted.

Important note on resistance band strength training: Resistance bands are widely used for full body strengthening, postural improvement, rehabilitation and conditioning. They are portable, versatile and easy to use. The bands we suggest are the only resistance bands endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association called Therabands. These 6-inch wide latex bands come in different, color-coded resistance levels and are also distinguished by the band’s thickness. The progressive resistance system makes it easy to measure progress in achieving fitness or therapy goals. You start out with a band of comfortable resistance. As you use the band, your muscle strength and endurance improve, and exercises become easier to do. When you are ready for more challenge, you move to a more resistant band to increase exercise intensity.

You can purchase Thera-band Resistance Bands by clicking this link.

*As always, please consult with your doctor before starting any exercise routine, especially if you are recovering from surgery. Always go at your own pace and stop if you are experiencing pain or discomfort.