Strengthening Exercises: Lower Extremity Exercises

In Bed

"Knee to Chest"

  1. Lie on back
  2. Bend hip and knee, raising foot off bed as shown
  3. Slowly lower leg back to bed
  4. Repeat 10 times on each leg


  1. Lie on your back
  2. Spread one leg out to the side as far as is comfortable
  3. Slowly bring leg back to the center
  4. Repeat 10 times each leg

"Ankle Pumps"

  1. Bend ankle up toward your body as far as possible
  2. Now point toe away from your body
  3. Repeat 10 times (can do both feet at once)


  1. Lie on back with legs bent as shown
  2. Lift buttocks
  3. Repeat 10 times

"Straight Leg Raise"

  1. Lie on back with one knee straight and the other knee bent as shown
  2. Keep the leg completely straight, then raise it about 6–12 inches
  3. Slowly lower back down to bed
  4. Repeat 10 times each leg

"Sidelying Leg Lifts"

  1. Lie on side
  2. Bend lower leg slightly
  3. Raise to leg straight up, without letting it come forward
  4. Lower back to starting position
  5. Repeat 10 times. Roll onto other side to do opposite leg
Before initiating any exercise program, consult with your physician and or physical therapist.