EXERCISES TO STRENGTHEN THE INNER THIGH MUSCLES, the hip adductors. Knowing this is a weak area for me I was happy to find this short slideshow by Susan Lacke from Competitor.com "Hip Adductors: The Root Of Your Injuries?"
It includes a test to check for weakness and then recommended exercises that do not require equipment: lateral lunge, standing Swiss ball adduction move, diagonal rotational squat, knee ball squeeze (you can use a small firm pillow instead of a ball), and suomo squat.
I've completed the workout several times and realize the one that is the most difficult for me is the diagonal rotational squat. It puts me off balance and I am not sure that my poor performance allows me to get the full benefit. It's worth trying for a while, if I hold on to a chair for balance. Thus, a note of caution is necessary: have a wall, railing or chair nearby for balance if you find you're unsteady at first doing these exercises (if you need one lying down doing the ball squeeze, better see a physician, pronto!). There's absolutely NO BENEFIT TO FALLING while doing them!
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