1. Stand with your feet shoulder length apart and your hands against a chair or a wall.
2. Keep your heels on the floor and your knees straight while leaning into the chair or wall (photo A). You will feel this stretch down the back of your legs.
3. Hold for 30 seconds. Then bend your knees, and continue leaning in (photo B). Hold with bent knees for 30 seconds, then repeat with straight and bent knees four times.
Calf stretch A
Calf stretch B
Excerpted from FITNESS AFTER 40: How to Stay Strong at Any Age
by Vonda Wright, M.D., with Ruth Winter, M.S.
© 2009 Vonda Wright and Ruth Winter
Published by AMACOM Books