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  • Convenient Exercise: Lying straight leg raise

    Mr Ray Loh, an exercise physiologist at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, demonstrates some strength conditioning exercises.

    Mr Ray Loh, an exercise physiologist at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, demonstrates some strength conditioning exercises.

    These are a few of the many exercises that runners can conveniently add to their training regimens as they do not require equipment.

    "Dynamic exercises can improve one's shoulder, core and back stability, which can help maintain a good posture during running. This also indirectly helps in the training outcome and injury prevention," he said.

    Lying straight leg raise

    This strengthens the hip and abdominal core muscles.

    1.  Lie on your back with your arms by your side.
    2.  Raise your left leg with your knee bent at 90 degrees and hold it there for a few seconds (top).
    3.  Keeping your right leg straight, raise it towards the ceiling with the foot flexed until your thighs are in line with each other (above).
    4.  Keeping the abdominal muscles tight, slowly lower the right leg towards the floor and raise it again before it touches the floor.
    5.  Do the exercise 10 to 20 times to make a set. Do two or three sets on each leg.

     

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