Exercises For Stretching Hamstrings,
Calves, Knees & Ankles

Your regular fitness routine should include exercises for stretching hamstrings and calf muscles, as well as ankle and knee stretching and strengthening exercises - all of which you'll find below. Also included are highly beneficial, and equally important, front and inner thigh stretching and strengthening exercises. These balance the effects of the back of leg hamstring and calf stretches to provide an excellent overall leg workout.

Strong, flexible legs support and protect your upper body and spine, give you balance and help to prevent problems such as leg, knee and low back pain occurring. Doing regular exercises for stretching hamstrings and calves, in particular, also stimulates important nerve and energy channels running through the backs of your legs, from your spine to your toes. Check with your health professional first though before trying any new exercises, particularly if you have a history of leg or low back problems, or you haven't exercised for some time.

Exercises for Stretching Hamstrings: These exercises stretch and limber your hamstrings and calves and stimulate vital nerve and energy channels at the backs of your legs.

Forward-Backward Bend: Also very good for stretching your hamstrings and calves and your entire spine. Additionally, this exercise strengthens your knees, ankles and abdominal muscles.

Thigh Burner: A powerful exercise for stretching and strengthening your inner thighs, strengthening your knees and firming your butt. Balances the effects of the above hamstring and calf stretches.

Forward Lunge: Stretches and strengthens the front and outer part of your thighs to balance the effects of the above hamstring and calf stretches. Also strengthens your ankles, lower back and pelvic region.

Squats: Strengthen your entire legs, especially your thighs and knees, and your lower back and abs. Squats also firm your butt and, when combined with deep breathing, increase your lung power and stamina.

Knee Circles: Limber and strengthen your knees and ankles and relieve pain and stiffness in your knee and ankle joints.

Ankle Stretch & Roll: Stretches & strengthens your ankles and surrounding soft tissues; enhances local blood flow and stimulates important energy channels in your legs and feet.