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Lie on your back; bend knees with feet hip-width apart and palms flat on the bed. Using your gluteal (buttock) muscles, slowly lift hips toward the ceiling.
Curl your spine one vertebra at a time until your shoulders are slightly off the bed. Then slowly lower your hips to the starting position. Exhale as you raise your body; inhale as you lower it.
Perform 5 to 8 times at a comfortable pace.
The benefit: This exercise is designed to stretch your back and strengthen your glutes.
2. Lower-Back Stretch with Ankle Rotations
Lie on your back with one knee bent and foot on the bed. Extend the other leg up, holding the back of the thigh or the shin to comfortably draw the leg closer to your chest.
Slowly rotate the raised ankle in one direction 8 times, then rotate in the opposite direction 8 times.
Switch legs and repeat.
The benefit: This move is designed to stretch your lower back and wake up your ankles and feet.
3. Hamstring Stretch
Lie on your back with one knee bent and foot on the bed. Extend the other leg toward the ceiling. Hold the extended leg with both hands behind the thigh, gently pulling it toward your torso and keeping the knee straight. Rest your head on the pillow; do not strain your neck.
Point and flex your ankle joint as you hold the stretch for 10 seconds. Switch legs and repeat.
The benefit: This stretch is designed to increase the flexibility of your hamstrings and lower back.
4. Seated Knee Extensions
Sit tall in a chair with your feet hip-width apart, knees bent and feet firmly on the floor. Rest your hands on the sides of the chair. Straighten your right leg, tightening the muscles above the kneecap. Pause briefly, then slowly lower your foot to the starting position.
Do 10 repetitions. Switch legs and repeat.
The benefit: This exercise is designed to strengthen the legs.
5. Ankle Action
Sit tall in a chair with your feet hip-width apart, knees bent and feet firmly on the floor. Rest your hands on the sides of the chair.
A. Lift one foot off the ground. Flex the lifted foot by bringing your toes toward your shin.
B. Point the foot by lowering your toes toward the floor, keeping your heel in the same position.
Do 10 repetitions. Switch feet and repeat.
The benefit: This stretch is designed to improve the mobility and stability of the ankle joints, which are important for balance and movement.
Tip: These two joint actions are critical to ankle health. Instead of making this a separate move, this ankle action stretch can be implemented throughout your exercise routine by pointing and flexing the foot of your working leg while holding the stretches.
6. Standing Hip Circles
Stand on one leg, with the leg and foot in line with your body, and hold the back of a chair for support.
Lift and extend the other leg to the side of your body and make circles (about the size of a dinner plate) with the leg. Your knees should stay slightly bent, and the movement should start from the hip. Keep the circles slow, controlled and symmetrical.
Draw 8 circles in one direction with your leg, then 8 in the opposite direction. Switch legs and repeat.
The benefit: This move is designed to work your hips and gluteal muscles.
7. Standing Calf Raises
Using a sturdy chair for support, stand on one leg and wrap the toe of the opposite leg behind your ankle. Rise on the ball of the working foot as high as you can go, then slowly and smoothly lower the heel back to the floor.
Perform 10 repetitions. Switch legs and repeat.
The benefit: This move uses your body weight to stretch and strengthen the calf muscles.
8. Standing Figure 4
Hold onto a sturdy chair for support.Cross one leg over the opposite thigh, as if you are sitting with one leg crossed over the other in a chair. Lower your body, pretending to sit. Feel the strength building in your supporting leg and the stretch in the outer hip of the other leg.
Hold for 10 seconds. Switch legs and repeat.
The benefit: This stretch is designed to open up the hip.
BENICAR and BENICAR HCT are prescription medicines used to lower high blood pressure (hypertension). They may be used alone or with other medicines used to treat high blood pressure. BENICAR HCT is not for use as the first medicine to treat high blood pressure.
Important Safety Information for BENICAR® and BENICAR HCT®
WARNING: DO NOT TAKE BENICAR or BENICAR HCT DURING PREGNANCY
- BENICAR and BENICAR HCT can cause harm or death to an unborn baby
- Talk with your doctor about other ways to lower your blood pressure if you become pregnant
- If you get pregnant while taking BENICAR or BENICAR HCT, tell your doctor immediately
Please see the WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS section of the Full Product Information about Fetal Toxicity.
- Take medicine that contains aliskiren and you have diabetes or kidney problems
- Have less urine than normal or if you cannot urinate
- Are allergic to other sulfonamide type medicines
- Have severe kidney disease
Children that are less than 1 year of age must not receive BENICAR for high blood pressure.
Before taking BENICAR or BENICAR HCT tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Also tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. A medicine in BENICAR HCT can pass into your breast milk. This may harm your baby. You and your doctor should decide if you will take BENICAR or BENICAR HCT or breast-feed. You should not do both.
Let your doctor know about any health conditions you may have
Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in BENICAR or BENICAR HCT (see Full Product Information for a list of the ingredients in BENICAR or BENICAR HCT as applicable). Also let your doctor know if you have any of the health conditions listed below:
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Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take
Some of your other medicines and BENICAR or BENICAR HCT could affect each other. This may cause serious side effects.
These medicines may include prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements:
If you take BENICAR HCT , tell your doctor if you also take:
- Water pills (diuretics)
- Other medicines for high blood pressure or a heart problem
- Potassium supplements or a salt substitute that contains potassium
- Pain or arthritis medicines, such as aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Welchol® (colesevelam hydrochloride)
- Diabetes medicine, including insulin
- Narcotic pain medicine
- Sleeping pills and antiseizure medicines called barbiturates
- Lithium for certain types of depression
- Cholesterol-lowering medicines
About alcohol and other drug interactions
If you are taking BENICAR HCT, do not drink alcohol. Your blood pressure may become too low if you drink alcohol.
Some of your other medicines and BENICAR or BENICAR HCT could affect each other. This may cause serious side effects. Take BENICAR or BENICAR HCT as prescribed by your doctor. Talk with your doctor before you stop taking BENICAR or BENICAR HCT.
Know about possible side effects of BENICAR and BENICAR HCT
Serious side effects may include injury or death to an unborn baby; low blood pressure (hypotension), which may cause you to feel faint or dizzy; and kidney problems, which may get worse in people with kidney disease. If you have kidney problems, you may need blood tests, and your doctor may need to lower your dose. Tell your doctor if you get swelling in your feet, ankles, or hands, or have unexplained weight gain. These may be signs of kidney problems. If you have heart failure, your doctor should also check your kidney function before prescribing these medicines. Tell your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms.
Serious side effects may also include severe, chronic diarrhea with considerable weight loss, which may develop months to years after starting BENICAR or BENICAR HCT. Tell your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms.
Additional side effects of BENICAR and BENICAR HCT
Because of the thiazide diuretic (water pill), an ingredient in BENICAR HCT, other serious side effects may include allergic reactions and changes in body salts (such as sodium and potassium) and fluids. Tell your doctor if you have these signs and symptoms: dry mouth, thirst, weakness, tiredness or sleepiness, restlessness, confusion, seizures, muscle pains or cramps, muscle tiredness, dizziness or fainting, having little or no urine output, fast heartbeat, or nausea and vomiting.
The thiazide diuretic in BENICAR HCT can also cause eye problems, which may lead to vision loss. Symptoms can happen within hours to weeks of starting BENICAR HCT. Tell your doctor if you have a decrease in vision or eye pain.
The most common side effect of BENICAR and BENICAR HCT was dizziness. Other side effects of BENICAR HCT included upper respiratory tract infections, more uric acid in the blood, and nausea.
Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. Not all the possible side effects of BENICAR or BENICAR HCT have been mentioned in the Important Safety Information. For more information, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
To report side effects, contact Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., at 1-877-437-7763 or the FDA at 1-800-332-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Please see Full Prescribing Information for BENICAR and BENICAR HCT, including Boxed WARNING regarding Fetal Toxicity.
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