Exercise: A Guide from the National Institute On Aging

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Illustration of the Ankle Stretching exercise Stretches front ankle muscles.


  1. Remove your shoes. Sit toward the front edge of a chair and lean back, using pillows to support your back.
  2. Stretch legs out in front of you.
  3. With your heels still on the floor, bend ankles to point feet toward you.
  4. Bend ankles to point feet away from you.
  5. If you don't feel the stretch, repeat with your feet slightly off the floor.
  6. Hold the position for 1 second.
  7. Repeat 3 to 5 times.