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Exercises for general health: lower body

group fit session doing squatsExercises that are good for everyone!

Part 2: Lower Body

People are always asking what are good exercises for general health, strength and flexibility as well as the prevention of injuries.  The exercises listed below are an excellent starting point for just about anyone.  If you have a serious injury though it would be best to talk to your doctor or physical therapist before beginning a regular exercise program.

These lower body exercises are good for low back, hip and knee pain and help improve flexibility and balance.

Clamshells: Lying on your side with your knees bent keep your feet together and lift your top knee away from your bottoms knee to strengthen your outer hip muscles.

Piriformis Stretch: Lying on your back cross one ankle over your opposite knee like shown in the picture. If you feel a stretch in your buttocks here that is sufficient, for more stretch reach both hands around the leg on the ground and pull everything up towards your chest.

Sit to stands: Start sitting in a chair then try to stand up without using your arms.  If this is easy try to do it with only one leg.

Single Leg Balance: near a counter or back of a chair try to balance standing on one leg.  To make this harder try to balance with your eyes closed.