Stretch of the Day: Calf Muscleshoward.spaeth
Calves are easy to neglect but you sure notice them after a long run (especially on hills) or when climbing several flights of stairs. To keep them limber, a great stretch to try is called the gastrocnemius stretch.
To do this, face a wall with your right leg in front of your left. Keep your right (front) leg bent and your left straight. Lean into the wall until you feel a stretch in your left (back) leg. Hold for 20 seconds. Repeat on the other leg. Complete this stretch 3-5 times daily.
If your calf muscle is feeling flexible, consider stretching it using a step; this move is also called a heel dip. Stand with one heel off the step and slowly lower it until you feel a stretch. Hold for 20 seconds. Repeat on the other leg. Complete this stretch 3-5 times daily.
Regularly stretching your muscles will help reduce your chance of injury and can shorten an injury’s longevity. Consistent stretching will also assist in building a strong foundation for muscle strength.