The leg raise is a perfect strength training exercise which targets the interior hip flexors. Because the abdominal muscles are used isometrically to stabilize the body during the motion, leg raises are also often used to strengthen the rectus abdominis muscle and the oblique muscles. The exercise also helps tighten a variety of other muscles in your lower body, including your quads and thighs.
How to do a leg raise:
- Lie flat on the floor (on a mat) place your arms out to the side on the floor and palms facing down.
- Make sure that your head, legs and bottom are all in contact with the floor.
- Engage your stomach muscles and grasp the sides.
- Slowly lift your legs to a 90-degree angle, keeping your legs straight and not bending at the knees.
- Pause for a second then slowly lower the legs back down.
Always remember to control your leg movement while doing the leg raise exercise, no need to rush to do the 30 day leg raise challenge.