Tight calves can be an unwanted side effect of such opposite activities as running or wearing high heels. Many people neglect stretching their calves! Here's how to support yours:
- Place your hands on a wall, or if you are outside, on a tree!
- Step your right foot back, bending the left knee (don't let the knee bend forward past the ankle).
- Keep your right toes pointing straight ahead (people tend to turn their toes out to the side) and reach your heel into the ground. Hold for 30 seconds.
- Standing at a wall, stagger your feet placing the left foot a few inches from the wall and the right foot about one to two feet behind your left foot.
- Lean forward into the wall while bending your left knee, pressing your right heel into the ground. Hold this position for 20 to 30 seconds.
- Then step your right foot forward six to eight inches, and bend both knees but shifting your weight onto your left foot while pressing your right heel into the ground. This position stretches the deep calf muscle, aka soleus, and lengthens the Achilles tendon. Hold this position for 20 to 30 seconds, then switch sides.