When you stand on your toes to reach the highest shelf or take your dog for a walk, your calf muscles play a huge role in helping you move. These muscles are located in the back of the lower legs and include the soleus muscle and the gastrocnemius muscle, which help form the Achilles tendon.
Why should you stretch your calves?
There are several benefits to stretching these muscles. By stretching your calves, you can maintain or improve the flexibility of your calf muscles and the Achilles Tendon. In addition, you may be increasing the circulation of your lower body. By improving the flow of oxygenated blood to your feet, you may also reduce the likelihood of a blood clot.
Other benefits include:
- Reduced frequency of leg cramps
- Can help prevent shin splints
- Can prevent or help manage Plantar Fasciitis
- Helps your muscles and joints move freely during activity
When should you stretch your calves?
It’s recommended to stretch after your body has warmed up a bit. You can do this by exercising and walking before stretching. However, if you suffer from plantar fasciitis, you may enjoy stretching first thing in the morning to alleviate some of the heel pain.
How to stretch your calves:
This stretch is the Soleus Stretch with a Belt or Towel.
Want to learn how else you can stretch using a towel?
Not done stretching? Check out these additional stretches you can do with a strap or towel.
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