Knee hugs enhance flexibility, strength, and balance. This variation is seated, but there is a range of ways to complete this exercise- standing, walking, or laying on your back. Depending on the variation you choose, different lower body muscles and joints will be targeted.
A few examples include:
- Hip flexors help in moving your leg upward toward the body when completing activities like walking, running, or jumping.
- Glutes are essential for pelvic stability and strength- not just while exercising but even during the most basic of activities, like standing.
- Hamstrings support your knee health, but also your hips.
The seated version will mainly target your glutes and hamstrings.
- Start by sitting on the edge of a chair which allows you to have your feet flat on the ground.
- Sit straight and slowly raise one of your knees towards your chest.
- Hold that position and with both arms, “hug” your knee, gently bringing it in closer to your body.
- Return the leg to the starting position and complete the same movement with the other leg.
- Repeat the movement 5-8 times with each leg.
Please speak to your provider before starting any new exercise regimen.