How can you strengthen thigh muscles at home?

March 1, 2007

Strengthening thigh muscles is one way of minimizing your chances of knee injury, says Mike Hahn, a Montana State University biomechanics researcher.

Strengthening the front-thigh muscles is fairly easy -- climbing stairs or repeatedly getting up out of a chair would both strengthen the muscle group known as the quadriceps.

To strengthen the muscles in the back of the thigh, Hahn says that a stretchy band, such as those sold at pharmacies or gyms, can be helpful. Choosing the band with the right amount of resistance may require trying a couple of straps. The leg muscles are some of the strongest muscles in the body, so a fairly strong band may be necessary.

Attach the band behind the leg of a heavy piece of furniture. Face the furniture. Thread one ankle into the band. Stabilize the pelvis by sitting upright in a chair. Pull the heel underneath the seat, hold for 5 seconds, then relax. Repeat 10-20 times. Switch legs. Slowly work up to a higher number of repetitions or more sessions per day. Increasing the intensity too quickly will make you overly sore, leading to the loss of a good habit.

Source: Montana State University

Explore further: Stronger hips improved running mechanics, lessened knee pain

Related Stories

Stronger hips improved running mechanics, lessened knee pain

June 2, 2011

Hip strengthening exercises performed by female runners not only significantly reduced patellofemoral pain -- a common knee pain experienced by runners -- but they also improved the runners' gaits, according to Indiana University ...

Recommended for you

Sleep loss tied to changes of the gut microbiota in humans

October 25, 2016

Results from a new clinical study conducted at Uppsala University suggest that curtailing sleep alters the abundance of bacterial gut species that have previously been linked to compromised human metabolic health. The new ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.