Important for stability, posture and mobility, our calf muscles can also be a source of pain when they cramp or feel tight. Sitting down a lot or not moving much can be a major source of tightened calf muscles, and exercising them regularly can help allay such problems, as well as keeping your legs in great shape. The low-intensity exercise of calf raises is simple but is an excellent way to strengthen and tone your calf muscles, when done regularly.
- Stand up straight, grasping a dumbbell in each hand.
- Position your feet hip-width apart.
- Slowly raise your heels until you're on your tiptoes. Balance your body weight on the balls of your feet.
- Pause for a minute, then slowly lower yourself. Repeat.
- The benefits of these exercises are increased strength and flexibility in your calves.
- Potential injuries to your Achilles Tendon may be incurred if this exercise is performed incorrectly. Be particularly careful injuring this tendon may cause you lifelong problems.
- Calf raise can be executed with both legs or one leg at a time.
- Balance may become a difficulty with free-standing calf raises, especially with one-legged variations. Due to this, it is common to hang on to something or lean the hand against a wall for stability.
- Do not jerk the body, keep the movements slow and fluid.
- Do not bend the knee or swing the body.