THE MUSCLE GROUPS OF THE  LEGS

THE MUSCLE GROUPS OF THE LEGS

The muscle groups of the legs include quadriceps and hamstrings, ab and adductors muscles, shins and calves. These are the large muscle groups and within them there are smaller muscles. Muscles groups are discussed in What You Need To Know About Muscles which explains how they work together to make your body move.

Stretching the muscles in your legs can vary a lot. Current flexibility needs to be considered before you decide how you can improve the flexibility of your leg muscles. If you are active and currently moving around a lot, the work needed will be very different than if you are just beginning a stretching practice. In each case, you want to improve the flexibility of these important muscles in order to improve balance, mobility and daily function.

LEG STRETCHES

Because leg stretches can be so varied and I do not know your personal capabilities, I am going to give you a couple links for assistance. Click on the underlined titles to go to them. It is very important that you pay attention to your body and do not start at a spot too advance for you.

WikiHow has a great page of leg stretches. There are two options, floor exercises and pilates and yoga stretches.

Healthline also has a great sequence with pictures to help you with form.

LIVEFATANDFIT LIFESTYLE

It is my hope that these posts about stretching will nudge you into a stretching practice. It is IMPERATIVE that you keep your muscles working for you. As a person who carries more weight than I should I can testify that basic flexibility makes a huge difference in function. This need increases as you grow older. Muscles that get tight and inflexible cause pain and decrease in function.

Find 10 minutes to start, just 10. A daily practice is great, but remember ANYTHING you can do is better than not. Every other day, a couple times a week, anything. Build your time, stretching routine and flexibility carefully and safely. I am happy to answer any questions you may have along the way at lmfvella@livefatandfit.com.

The Head-to-Toe stretch posted on the site is a 5 part learning sequence and includes neck, shoulders, arms, torso and now legs. There is information about muscles and safety rules to follow to stretch carefully. There are so many ways to stretch and so much information on the internet! I hope this is a helpful guide.

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