Bowlegs, a condition that prevents the knees or ankles from touching when standing forward, can make physical activity and sports difficult. In addition, bowed legs can cause the knees to weaken and turn inward. There are a variety of exercises that can help strengthen the muscles of the knee area. Although exercise cannot correct bowlegs, it can help make physical activity easier.
Hamstring Curl Exercise
Grasp the back of a chair to help you maintain balance. Put all of your body weight into your left leg. Slowly raise your right foot up off of the ground, lifting your heel in the direction of your buttocks until your leg forms a 90-degree angle. Hold the exercise for about five seconds and then slowly lower your foot back to the starting position. Repeat one more time and then switch to the other leg.
Wall Sit Exercise
Stand up straight with your back resting against a wall. Position your feet so that they are shoulder-width apart and your toes are facing forward. Take a few steps away from the wall until you are about one or two feet away from it. Bend your knees and slowly slide down the wall, keeping your back pressed up against it. Imagine that you are sitting down in an invisible chair. Hold the exercise for about one minute and then return to the starting position.
Stand sideways alongside a 6-inch stair or platform. Place your right foot up on the step and lift your body, allowing your left foot to hang in midair. Hold the exercise for at least three seconds and then slowly lower yourself back to the floor. Repeat if desired. Switch sides and step up with your left foot. Gradually increase the repetitions or holding time as you become stronger.
Stand up straight, resting your weight in your left leg. Slowly bend your right knee, lifting it up slightly and pointing your toe toward the floor behind you. If needed, use a wall or chair to maintain balance. Slowly sit back as if you are sitting down into a chair. Do not allow your left knee to come over your left toe. Continue for as many repetitions as desired and then return to the starting position. Switch legs and repeat.