The Calf Stretch: Place the leg you are trying to stretch in back. With your hands up against the wall and keeping your back heel down on the ground, lean your body forward. Your back toes should be pointed straight and you should feel the stretch in the back of your calf. It is important to keep your knee straight. Hold for 20 seconds. Repeat 3 times on each side.
The Hip Stretch: Whichever leg you are stretching should remain on the ground. Place your other leg up on the second stair or on a chair. Lean forward until you feel a stretch in the front of your hip. Unlike the calf stretch, it is OK if your heel comes off of the ground. Keep your knee straight and your toes pointed forward. Hold for 20 seconds and repeat 3 times on each side.
The Inner Thigh Stretch: with your legs greater than shoulder-width apart, put your hands on your hips and shift your weight side to side. Push your hips out as you transfer weight on to that leg. You should feel an inner thigh stretch with this. Rock back and forth 20 times.
Have questions or concerns regarding these exercises? Do you feel you have a problem-area that these exercises don’t get to? Give us a call and mention the code “Spring Walk” for $15 off our basic-self pay appointment where you can have a full movement screen and exercises tailored to your body and findings, or spend time in person getting these exercises down!

1. 30 second chair rise test: sit in normal chair with feet firmly on ground, seated near edge of chair, arms crossed across your chest. Start timer and begin to fully stand and fully sit as many times as possible (while maintaining balance/safety) in 30 seconds.

Below are normal values for various age groups over 60 years old.

How did you do?? Average? Above average? Below average?

 

 

 

2. Single leg balance: standing on 2 feet near a counter or wall. Attempt to raise one foot off the ground and without touching down or reaching out and touching the counter/wall, maintain balance as long as able. Below are age matched normative values.

How did you do??

 

 

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Step 1: Stand next to something sturdy

Step 2: Outside leg forward in “split stance”

Step 3: Using legs, lower down to 1 knee (brace hand on knee if needed)

Step 4: Get your sprING on!

To get back up, reverse the steps shown, 4-1.

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