Exercise of the Day: Calf Raises
It’s important to strengthen your calves and ankles. We use them everyday when we walk, run, jump or play sports. They improve our mobility and performance. Having weak ankles and calves can lead to injuries such as ankle/calf sprains, ankle fractures or even damage to your achilles tendon.
Having strong ankles and calves are especially important for runners because it helps your foot push off when you run and your knee flexion when your leg swings.
Aim to strengthen them a few times a week by doing these 3 exercises:
- Basic Calf Raise
- Internal Rotation Calf Raise (toes pointed inward)
- External Rotation Calf Raise (toes pointed outward)
Do 20 reps of each exercise.
They are so easy that you can do them at home, work or the gym.
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Here we have my 30 day wall sit challenge.
You can do this anytime and anyplace, it’s a quick and easy challenge and you will certainly feel it in your thighs and calves. Maybe even a little booty!
For the average joe’s: I suggest having your hands against the wall but still making sure your back is straight and legs are 90 degrees.
For the real beasts: have your arms out straight, maybe even be on tip toe as you sit, you could also incorporate dumbbells, holding them at 90 degrees or doing some curls.
Please do listen to your body, if you feel it hurts TOO much then take an extra rest day to avoid any injuries.
Eat clean and well.. GOOD LUCK!
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