Doing leg stretching exercises before and after your workout to warm up to and cool down not only helps relieve those tight muscles, it ensures you stay mobile for the days to come. And for that, we’ve got some of the best stretches for better leg mobility and flexibility. Check them out!
1. SEATED SINGLE LEG CALF STRETCH
Sit on the floor with one leg straight out in front of you and the other bent. Reach for your foot either with a band or your hands, and lower your chest towards your shin. Hold this for 20-30 seconds.
2. Standing Calf Stretch
Standing about a foot away from away, place both hands on the wall with your arms fully extended. Extend your right leg straight behind you, making sure to keep your right foot fully on the floor. Lean forward with your left leg until you feel the stretch in your right calf muscle. Hold for 45 seconds and switch legs.
3. Calf and Shoulder Stretch at the Wall
Stand in front of a wall with your feet together. Place your hands on the wall shoulder-width apart. Rock your weight back on your heels without locking your knees, so your toes get pulled off the ground. Reach your bum out as far as you can by lengthening through your spine. Tuck your chin to feel a deep stretch in the back of your neck. Stay here for thirty seconds and then shift your weight forward, placing your toes back on the ground.
4. Standing straight kicks
Standing straight kicks are a fantastic, dynamic stretch that you can do any time to really help loosen up your hamstrings. To do them, stand up straight, then kick one leg straight in front of you while keeping your standing leg as straight as you can (I’m still working on my bottom leg being straighter, so don’t worry if yours doesn’t stay completely straight at first). Flex your foot towards you as you kick, and slowly work up to kicking higher and higher so you feel a good stretch. Try and do 10 to 20 on each leg.