Your calves help you lift your leg and support your entire body after your foot strikes the ground. The harder your foot lands, the more chance of injury. Keeping your calves strong is the first line of defense to prevent any type of injury, including sprained ankles, plantar fasciitis and knee, hip and back pain.
The best way to prevent injury overall is to keep your body strong by lifting a minimum of two days a week, to perform specific strengthening exercises for your specific sport or exercise three days a week, to cross train two days a week (an example would by biking instead of running) and to stretch every day, a little before and a lot more after! This gives your body & muscles time to heal from your preferred activity and allows you to strengthen & lengthen the same muscles from a different angle and work opposing muscles.
Now, back to the calves, one of the most important muscles in the body!
Below is an exercise that I recommend to my clients for strengthening and stretching the calves and Achilles tendon. I recommend starting with 2 sets of 10 reps working up to 3 sets of 15 reps. Make sure you perform each repetition slowly and deliberately, making sure you allow your calve full range of motion.
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An ounce of prevention goes a long way to preventing injury!
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