Being Well

Aug 02, 2012
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Time to Stretch Your Legs.

Tight calf muscles? You’re not alone. Simply walking or sitting in a chair all day can strain these muscles, as can running and other athletic activities. Wearing high heels is also a culprit. Whatever the cause, tight calves aren’t just uncomfortable: They can also affect the health of your feet, knees, hips, lower back, and shoulders. The best treatment for tight calves is to stretch them – and it’s easy to do. Try the stair stretch: Stand with the balls of your feet on the edge of a sturdy step. Keeping your legs straight, let your heels drop as far down as possible. Relax and try to deepen the stretch. To intensify the stretch, shift your weight to one side, stretching one calf at a time. Hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds. Repeat several times.