Exercise: A Guide from the National Institute On Aging

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Plantar Flexion

Plantar flexion is already included in your strength exercises. When doing your strength exercises, add these modifications to plantar flexion as you progress: Hold table with one hand, then one fingertip, then no hands; then do exercise with eyes closed, if steady.


  1. Stand straight; hold onto a table or chair for balance.
  2. Slowly stand on tip toe, as high as possible.
  3. Hold position for 1 second.
  4. Slowly lower heels all the way back down. Pause.
  5. Repeat 8 to 15 times.
  6. Rest; then do another set of 8 to 15 repetitions.
  7. Add modifications as you progress.