Calf Stretches

Calf Stretches

Your calf muscles are on the back of your lower legs, from behind the knee to a few inches above the ankle. They’re vital for walking, running—pretty much any physical activity that involves the legs. They’re also prone to injury, especially pulled muscles, when they’re not warmed up and cooled down properly. Keep on reading to learn some of our top tips for calf stretches.

calf stretch #1 The Incline

  1. Stand about two feet from a wall, and place your hands on the wall, palms flat.

  2. Stretch your left leg back, pressing your left foot flat into the floor, and hold for a few seconds.

  3. Reverse the movement, then repeat with your right leg.

Calf Stretch #2 The Lunge

  1. Step forward with one foot, placing your foot flat on the floor once you’ve reached a 90-degree angle. Your lower leg should be perpendicular to the floor, and your thigh should be parallel.

  2. Meanwhile, bend your other leg until your knee touches the floor. Your foot will stretch, but your toes should remain in place.

  3. Return your front leg to its original position, reversing the motion from step 2.

  4. Repeat with the opposite leg.

Calf Stretch #3 The Downward Facing Dog

  1. Start in a plank position, but then point your bum high in the air, so your body is shaped like an upside-down V.

  2. Press your feet into the ground, stretching your calf muscles.

  3. Keep breathing, and be sure to stop if you feel any pain.

Want To Learn More?

Stretching is low impact, but it can be tricky to get everything just right. If you’re looking for some one-on-one help, get in touch with one of our friendly personal trainers at your local Gym, or sign up for some of our great yoga classes today.

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