An excellent way to tone and increase definition in the calf muscles.
Heel raises strengthen the calf muscles. They are very simple to do, too. Do 8 to 12 repetitions several times during the day.
Preparation: Stand with toes on a slightly elevated surface. If desired, use weights: Lift weights (dumbbells are fine) off rack and rest comfortably on upper back.
How to perform The Heel Raises Exercise:
- Slowly rise on toes, then return to starting position with heels below level of toes.
- Muscles worked: Calves; Gastrocnemius and solius
Avoiding Heel Pain
Do this towel stretch: Sit on the floor with your spine straight, legs extended forward. Wrap a towel under the balls of your feet and hold one end of the towel in each hand. Flex feet and slowly pull towel closer to your torso. Hold for 30 seconds.
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