The hook-lying alternate legs exercise builds essential muscles to help strengthen your lower back and abdominal muscles.
To do this exercise, start by lying on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat and hip width apart.
Contract your abdominal muscles; bring the belly button down to the spine as you bring your right knee up toward your chest. Lift your leg a couple of inches, hold three seconds, then lower your leg and relax.
Remember to breathe as you move.
Repeat this exercise using your left leg.
Repeat this exercise five to 10 times for each leg. You should do this exercise one to two times per day.
The Laser Spine Institute Exercise Video Series, including all functional activities, post-surgical exercises and descriptions were designed specifically for Laser Spine Institute patients only. If you have not been prescribed these exercises, you should contact your physician before starting this or any exercise program. Exercise is not without its risks, and this or any other exercise program may result in injury. Risks include, but are not limited to: risk of injury, aggravation of a pre-existing condition, or adverse effect of over-exertion such as muscle strain, abnormal blood pressure, fainting and disorders of heart beat. As with any exercise program, if at any point during your workout you begin to feel faint, dizzy, or have physical discomfort, you should stop immediately and consult your surgeon's liaison or physician.