Health Tips and Exercises

Calves Stretch

March 24th, 2010

If you’re on your feet a lot, have pains in the back of your leg, or enjoy running/cycling this is a simple and effective stretch that will help increase the muscle length in the affected area.

Simply place the pad of your foot (the area right before your toes) against a wall or bottom step and lean your torso and leg in towards the wall while keeping your knee straight and keeping your balance with a hand on the wall or railing. Ease into it, and once you start to feel a pulling in the back of your leg hold that position for 30-60 seconds or, ideally, until you no longer feel the stretch. This means that the muscles have now relaxed to that position.

This is greatĀ asĀ part of your pre-work/exercise warm-up, and even better after the fact to keep your calves from cramping up after.