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Fitness Exercises - Leg Stretches

The following leg stretches target the major leg muscles. Muscles such as the hip flexor are often neglected that's why it's important to stretch it. For a great stretch after a long walk or a jog, you can do the hamstring stretches. Keep in mind that these exercises also cut the risk of injury from strenuous exercise and lessens muscle soreness. The following are Fitness Exercises for your Legs. For more detailed information about each fitness exercise, click on an exercise image or its heading.

   
Hip Flexor Stretch
Muscles such as the hip flexor are often neglected that's why it's important to stretch it. Keep in mind that this exercise also cuts the risk of injury from strenuous exercise and lessens muscle soreness. Learn how to do this type of stretching exercise in this section.
Glute Stretch
The gluteus or "glutes" form your buttocks. This large muscle is mainly used to extend the leg into a straight line with the torso and to rotate leg at the hip. Common exercises which involves the glutes are squats, leg press machine and most stability ball movements.
Prone Hamstring Stretch
The hamstrings consist of three muscles that make up the back of your upper leg - the biceps femoris, semitendinosis and semimembranosis. Their function is to extend the hip joint and flex the knee. There are various stretching exercises for the hamstrings.
Standing Hamstring Stretch
Quadriceps stretches strengthen your knees. Bear in mind that by keeping your quadriceps strong, you also cut the risk of knee injury from strenuous fitness activities. Practice the Standing Hamstring Stretch and you're on your way to strong knees.
Standing Quadriceps Stretch
If you have trouble balancing on one foot, you can stand against a wall or rail for support while doing this exercise. It is important to stretch these muscles especially before walking, running, jumping, and climbing. Learn how this stretch is done in this section.
Prone Quadriceps Stretch
Quadriceps Stretches strengthen your knees. Bear in mind that by keeping your quadriceps strong, you also cut the risk of knee injury from strenuous fitness activities. It is important to stretch these muscles especially before walking, running, jumping, and climbing.
Inner Thigh (adductor muscles) or Adduction Stretch
Our muscles do not work alone when we perform certain exercises. Our adductor muscles are working simultaneously with others while doing squats, leg presses, or lunges. Make sure that your adductor muscles are in their good condition everytime you perform stretching activities.
Outer Thigh (abductor muscles) or Abduction Stretch
Although the hip abductor muscles work with your other muscles when performing exercises such as squats and lunges, it would be really great if you choose to isolate them. Muscles in the leg such as the hip flexor are often neglected that's why it's important to stretch it.
Calf Stretch
One of the major benefits of stretching is that it increases your flexibility. Calf stretches that bend the knee of the calf being stretched focus on the soleus muscle. On the other hand, calf stretches that extend the knee focus on the gastrocnemius muscle.
   
It would be relaxing to get into a really Good Stretching Session to release all of that accumulated tension our bodies take each day. For a great full, upper, or lower body Stretching Sequences go to Fitness Exercises: Stretching Sequences.
 
 
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