Stretching Exercises for Tight Leg Muscles


Many people suffer from tight leg muscles. A very common cause of leg tightness is due to the amount of time we spend sitting throughout the work day. As our knees are bent in this position, the muscles that flex the knee joint become used to being in this shortened position.

Tight leg muscles can predispose one to injury during daily and recreational activities as well as contribute to the development of back pain. To prevent this, it is important to perform leg stretching exercises to loosen tight muscles.

Performing daily leg stretches is one activity that should be incorporated into your daily routine. Below, several leg stretches are reviewed. These leg stretching exercises incorporate all the major muscle groups of the lower extremities.

Click on the links below to learn how to stretch your tight leg muscles today.

Hamstring Stretches

Tight hamstrings are common. However, there are many easy exercises that can be done to increase hamstring length. Learn these four exercises and be on your way to a more limber lifestyle!

Quadricep Stretches

Running, biking, and other daily activities, can result in tight quadricep muscles. Learn these three easy exercises to stretch tight quadricep muscles. Click on the links below.

Calf Stretches

Tight calf muscles are common in most people. In women, this is often due to wearing high heel shoes. Learn this basic calf muscle stretch:

  1. Sit with your feet our in front of you on the floor.
  2. Hold a sheet or towel with one end in each hand forming a loop.
  3. Place the loop around one foot.
  4. Pull your toes toward you.
  5. Stop when you feel a comfortable stretch in your calf muscle.
  6. Hold for 20 seconds.
  7. Repeat 9 more times.
  8. Repeat for the other foot.

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