Strengthens ankle and calf
muscles (also described in balance
ankle weights, if you are ready to. Stand straight, feet
flat on the floor, holding onto the edge of a table or chair
for balance. Take 3 seconds to stand as high up on tiptoe as
you can; hold for 1 second, then take 3 seconds to slowly
lower yourself back down. Do this exercise 8 to 15 times;
rest a minute, then do another set of 8 to 15 repetitions.
As you become stronger, do this exercise first on your right
leg only, then on your left leg only, for a total of 8 to 15
times on each leg. Rest a minute, then do another set of 8
to 15 alternating repetitions.
- Stand straight,
holding table or chair for balance.
- Slowly stand on
tiptoe, as high as possible.
- Slowly lower heels all
the way back down.
Variation, as strength increases:
Do the exercise standing on one leg only, alternating