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Simple Strength for the Lower Body

2 min read January 31, 2017 at 2:00pm

Introduction

At Axis Registered Massage Therapy, we always strive to share our knowledge with the purpose of educating our clients to help themselves with their health and wellness goals. These goals can range from relaxation to healing from an acute or chronic injury.

Purpose:

This months blog post focuses on some simple strength training exercises that you can do for the lower body. Lower body strength can help you in so many ways but I will just name a few:

  • Prevent or reduce low back pain, hip pain
  • Improve athletic performance
  • Increase capacity for activities of daily living (ie: stair climbing, walking)
  • Improve balance and coordination
  • Decrease the risk of falls

And as an added bonus, because your lower body has on average 60% of our muscle mass working out the lower body helps to:

  • Burn increased calories and lose weight.

Exercises:

Losing weight is not our focus here at Axis Registered Massage Therapy. We use exercise for the first 5 reasons. And now here are five exercises that you can do at HOME to help increase the strength of your lower body.

  • Squat
  • Split Squat/Lunge
  • Bridge
  • Clamshells
  • Side Lying Hip Abduction

 

 

Exercise Parameters:

Let's keep it simple. These exercises are about prehabilitation (prevention) and rehabilitation, so there isn't any complex structure. Do them every second day.

2 sets

x

15 repetitions

=

30 Repetitions Total