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    These straight-leg raises help you strengthen the muscles in your buttocks and in the back of your thigh. Do 8 to 12 repetitions.

    • Lie on your stomach, and lift your leg straight behind you (toward the ceiling).
    • Lift your toes about 6 in. (15 cm) off the floor, hold for 5 seconds, then lower slowly.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerJoan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy

    Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

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