Best Leg Stretching Exercises For Seniors

This month I turned 59 years old. Yes, happy birthday to me, and I guess I am still a youngster in this world of living longer. As they say, 60 is the new 40, or something like that. Every morning I usually start with a simple stretching routine, mostly for my legs and back. I have noticed that I definitely need that time in the morning to loosen up my legs and feel more ready for my day. One of the stretches I perform is for my hamstrings. Now the hamstrings are generally referring to the group of muscles on the back of your leg between your buttock and knee. These are semimembranosus, semitendinosus, and biceps femoris. These muscles act to bend your knee and pull your leg backwards, also help you to stand up from a squatting position.

Hamstring Stretch

Try this hamstring stretch above to help improve your flexibility. This will make it easier to bend down to pick up a spoon off the floor, reach over and tie your shoes or help your grandchildren get dressed. A more flexible leg will also assist in your balance by improving your ability to react to an unstable surface. Generally stretching should feel good. What we don’t want is pain. If your haven’t stretched in a while, take your time and perform the exercises gently and slowly.

Coach Doug

Doug Schrift is a Physical Therapist, Certified Geriatric Specialist, and senior fitness coach. Doug helps seniors become strong and stable even if they have never exercised before.