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Improve Knee Mobility With 3 Stretches

Denise Austin's tips for keeping your knees healthy

Here are three gentle stretches to keep your knees healthy. Try these exercises three to four times a week, or every day if you can.

Quad Stretch

This move stretches all the muscles, tendons and ligaments surrounding the knee. Stand tall, bringing one leg behind you, and slowly bend down. Use a chair for added support.

Hold for 20 to 30 seconds. Switch sides and repeat.

Hamstring Stretch

This will stretch the back of your knee and knee joints. Stand tall, and place one foot in front of you. Bend your supporting knee slightly, and lean forward from your hips. Use a chair for added support.

Hold for 20 to 30 seconds. Switch sides and repeat.

Calf Stretch

Try this stretch to protect your knees and keep them healthy. Stand tall with your feet flat on the floor. Extend one leg straight behind you, placing your heel flat on the floor. Bend your front leg, and keep your back leg straight. Lean your weight slightly forward, and feel the stretch from your heel to the back of your knee.

Hold for 20 to 30 seconds. Switch sides and repeat.

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