Stretching Series – Calves
Hi friends :D.
I cannot thank you enough for your wonderful comments about my engagement!! I’m still so incredibly happy and get giddy every time I look down at my finger.
I wanted to continue the stretching series today with a post about the calves!
In case you’ve missed the previous stretching posts, you can find them here:
Our calves actually consist of two different muscles – the outer gastrocnemius muscle and in the more deep muscle called the soleus.
The gastrocnemius muscle functions in standing, walking, running, and jumping and its main action is to flex the knee and the ankle. The soleus muscle flexes the ankle and is vital for running, dancing, and walking. It’s important to note that when we use our calf muscles the soleus is the first one to become active and thus often takes more of a beating than the gastrocnemius.
1. Lunging straight leg calf stretch (can do this with hands against wall or just standing without support)
2. Step calf stretch (can do one leg at a time as well)
3. Seated calf stretch – either with a band or pulling with your hands
4. Soleus stretch
5. Downward facing dog
For this stretch make sure to keep your knees straight and try to press your heels into the floor in order to feel the stretch in your calves.
6. Downward dog variation
For this stretch, get in the downward facing dog pose and then place one foot behind the other and press down on the ankle. This will allow a deeper stretch of the calf!
I desperately need to do all of these stretches because my calves are soooo tight after running stairs the other day!
Anyway, I hope you all have a great Sunday!
What is your favorite way to stretch your calves?
How has your weekend been? Have you done anything exciting?