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Calf Stretch

The purpose of the calf stretch is to lengthen the muscle at the back of the calf called the gastrocnemius muscle. To stretch this muscle effectively, keep both feet in a parallel position.

Step 1

Stand tall with feet hip-width apart, knees relaxed, toes pointing forward or in a comfortable position, upper body lifted, body weight distributed in the hips over the heels, shoulders relaxed.

Step 2

Place both hands on right thigh and step forward with right leg, bending the knee in line with the heel. Press the left heel down into the floor. Keep feet parallel and pointing forward. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds. Repeat with the other leg.

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