Increase Flexibility with Ankle Exercises

Ankle exercises increase flexibility in the muscle group located on the front of your lower leg. They include: tibialis anterior, extensor digitalis longus, extensor hallicus longus, and fibularis tertius. These leg muscles enable you to straighten your ankle, as you do when you are pointing your toes. They are used for such common actions as walking, running, jumping, and standing or walking "on your tiptoes". They are essential muscles for movements you make with your feet and ankles every day. Stretching these muscles will give you increased flexibility and reduced stiffness in your ankles.

There are a few exercises for your ankles; this one is called, simply, the Ankle Stretch. To do this exercise, sit on the bench, leaning back with both legs extended together, heels on the floor, and toes pointed. Point your toes until you feel the muscles on the top of your ankles pulling. If you don't feel the muscles stretching, simply lift your heels while keeping your toes pointed, until you feel the tension. Hold it for the specified amount of time, then relax for a few seconds. This is one rep.

Keep These Things in Mind

Don't hold your breath as you perform the stretches. Employ smooth, even motions throughout the exercise; don't jerk or bounce to stretch the muscles. Concentrate upon and try to feel the specific muscles being stretched. Try to relax surrounding muscles as you stretch the ankles. Remember— anti aging that works requires you to work at anti aging.

Watch this video for further explanation and demonstration of the Ankle Stretch—

After completing the ankle exercises, move on to the triceps exercise.