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Lower Body Exercises: Thigh (Quad) Stretch

Man supporting himself on wall while doing quad stretch.

This exercise stretches muscles in your thigh called quadriceps. These muscles help your back. As you work out, don’t rush or strain.

Here are the steps to the quad stretch:


  • Before you start, hold or place one hand on something sturdy like a wall or chair. Stand an arm's length away with you feet flat on the floor, shoulder width apart.


  • With your other hand, grasp your ankle on the same side. Pull the heel toward your buttocks until you feel a stretch in your thigh. Don’t arch your back. If you are unable to grab your ankle, loop a resistance band, belt, or towel around your foot.

  • Hold for  30 to 60 seconds. Repeat  2 times. Switch legs.

Talk with your provider

For your safety, check with your healthcare provider before starting an exercise program.

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