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This strength and function exercise helps with balance. Select each step to learn more.
Grasp the back of a chair, keeping your feet slightly apart and toes forward.
Exhale slowly and raise right leg to the side. (Keep toes forward, back straight and left leg slightly bent.)
Hold for 1 second.
Lower right leg while inhaling slowly.
Repeat 10 to 15 times.
Raise and lower left leg 10 to 15 times.
Start with 2 sets per leg. You can increase the number of sets over time.
Source: National Institute on Aging