A lot of people don’t realize that bow legs can often be straightened quite easily with the right exercises. This sometimes means that they may go through life assuming the condition is untreatable, and they may avoid taking part in sports and a range of other physical activities. If you or someone close to you has bow legs, here are some simple exercises that can help to manage the condition over time.
Do bear in mind that any distortion of the body is unlikely to be cured overnight. Any cure will take time and patience, but with these two ingredients, there’s absolutely no reason why your legs can’t ultimately be straightened.
An exercise for the hamstrings
Weak hamstrings can contribute quite a lot to bow legs, so your first priority should be to strengthen these muscles. Do bear in mind that balancing might be a little difficult with this exercise, so you should place a chair near you that you can hold on to for support when the exercise gets a little tricky. Not that the exercise itself is hard- it’s just sometimes the case that you might just have problems maintaining your balance mid-exercise, and that’s what the chair is there for.
Now, stand on one leg and raise your other leg off the ground. Raise it quite high, until your upper and lower legs are at a 90-degree angle to each other, with the raised leg itself also bent at a right angle. Now stand in this position for about half a minute before lowering your leg again so that both feet are on the ground. Now repeat this exercise, this time lifting the other leg. You’ll need to do this exercise at least twice a day. A good idea is to do this once after you wake up in the morning, and again just before you go to bed. For the best results, and if you can arrange a little privacy for yourself, the exercise should be done three to five times a day.
This is quite a complex exercise, so I’m going to describe it carefully. Lean against a wall with your back flat against it. Now, still leaning against the wall, move both feet about two feet away from it. With your weight against the wall, gently slide your body downwards along it, until your thighs are parallel with the ground. Your pose should be roughly the same as if you were sitting in a chair. This is the easy part of the exercise.
Now, power yourself upwards using your thighs and calves, so that you’re sliding your body up against the wall. This might be difficult to do at first, but persevere and it will become easier over time. You should end as you began, leaning with your back against the wall, and your feet about two feet from it. Please note that your feet do not move much during this exercise, rather they maintain their position. The exercise is not very hard in itself, but as weaker legs can usually be a symptom of bow legs, it may require a certain amount of practice.
This exercise should be done at least ten times and twice a day at the very minimum if you want visible results in a shorter period of time. You can do these leaning sit-ups at the same time that you’re doing the hamstring exercise we’ve discussed. If you can fit a routine of these exercises into your schedule about three to five times a day, the benefits should multiply, too.
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