Calf Stretches - Videos And Instructions

Your calves are involved in most activities you do. Therefore, calf stretches are always a good thing to do, especially after your workout. Here are three ways you can stretch your calves. Just choose the one you like and stretch away.

Standing Stretches



Method

  1. Stand upright with your feet together, hands on your hips.
  2. Take a step forward, keeping your back leg straight. Keep both heels flat on the floor.
  3. Bend your front knee.
  4. Lean forward until you feel a mild tension in the calf on your back leg.
  5. Hold that position for 20 to 30 seconds.
  6. Repeat with the other leg.

Extra Tip

  • Hold on to a chair or a wall in front if you tend to lose your balance.

Sitting Stretches

You'll feel this stretch in the back of your upper thigh too. So, that's an extra bonus. :-)



Method

  1. Sit with your legs straight in front of you.
  2. Tuck your right foot in against your left thigh.
  3. Reach out with your left hand and pull your left toes toward your knee.
  4. Keep the left leg straight.
  5. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds.
  6. Repeat with the right leg.

Extra Tip

  • If you can't reach your toes with your hands, try using a towel to pull your toes toward your knees.

Quadruped Stretches





Method

  1. Assume a position on your hands and feet as if you're going to do a handstand.
  2. Keep your legs straight and walk your hands forward a few inches.
  3. Put your heels down until you feel a slight tension in your calves. (Don't worry if your heels can't touch the floor.)
  4. Hold that for 20 to 30 seconds.

Things To Watch Out For While Doing Your Calf Stretches

  • Remember you should feel only mild tension, not pain. If you feel pain, you're probably stretching too far.
  • Relax and breathe deeply throughout the exercise.

Stretching, like your main workouts, should be done with the proper technique in order to get the full benefits. Take a few moments to check if you're doing your muscle stretches the way you should.


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