Calf Exercises For Seniors And The Elderly

Calf Raises

Calf exercises strengthen the lower body and are important in maintaining balance and walking ability by improving your ability to push off and accelerate as we walk.

It is vital to keep these muscles working not only every day but several times a day. This is because, as I like to say, they are the “heart” of your legs.

Calf contractions help pump the great volume of blood up from your legs to your upper body and brain. No more fainting or getting light headed when standing still when you raise up on your toes a few times during the day. Try it and feel the difference!

Purpose of this exercise

Strengthening your calf muscles will give your more power to step forward on level surfaces or carry you up hills on uneven terrain. Helps pump blood up from your legs to your upper-body and brain.

Step 1

Stand using a chair to balance yourself.


Step 2

Raise up on your toes as high as you comfortably can. Return to the starting position and repeat 10 times.



Inhale during the upward movement phase. Exhale during the downward movement phase.


Keep your body still as you raise yourself up. Keep your feet  apart if you have balance problems.

Take it up a notch

Let go of the chair to improve your balance. If that is too hard, use a finger or one hand to hold on with.

How to do Calf Raises

How to do Calf Raises

More Lower Body Strengthening

1. Ankle Circles

2. Hip Marching

3. Knee Extension

4. Calf Raises

5. Standing Knee Flexion

6. Side Hip Raise

7. Sit to Stand

8. Heel Stand

9. Lunges

10. Straight Leg Raise

11. Partial Squats

12. Hip Extension

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