Lower Body Stretches Series
This fitness video demonstrates a calf stretch.
The calf muscle is located at the back of the lower leg.
There are actually two muscles making up the calves.
The first is the gastrocnemius and the other is the soleus muscle.
These two muscles taper and merge together at the calf.
While walking, running or jumping, this muscle pulls the heel up and
allows forward movement.
When stretching this area, you want to be careful not to stretch too
deep causing small tears in the muscle.
When this happens, you strain the calf muscle which can cause pain and
Stretch #5 - Calf Stretch
There are many different stretches you can do for the calf muscle. The
directions and video below are a standing wall stretch for the calves.
Stand one to two feet away from (and facing) the wall placing your
hands on the wall.
- Place the toes of your right foot up against the wall.
- Press the heel of your right foot on the ground.
- Keep both legs straight. Push your hips forward to deepen
- Hold this stretch for 20 - 30 seconds.
- Repeat for the other leg.
Make sure to hold the stretch and not bounce or pulse while doing this
Watch the video below to ensure you are doing the this move
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This exercise video series has many stretches that are performed in the
comfort and security of a chair. It's a great way to stretch for
seniors or those with physical disabilities.
Lower Body Dumbbell Exercises
Strengthen your legs, hips and glutes with these exercises. Using
dumbbell weights allows you to easily pick the right resistance for
your strength training workout.
Use this free online tool to find your body mass index.