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A horrible affliction is plaguing the nation.
Men and women alike deal with this on a regular basis. They cry to the heavens, “Why oh why, if only there was a way to solve this problem!”
Perhaps you are experiencing it, too!!
And, perhaps, I am being a little dramatic.
But if you’ve dealt with recurring calf pain – from achillies tightness, to shin splints, to regular Charley horses – you know firsthand that the results of tight calves can be extreme pain and discomfort!
SO MAYBE I’M NOT BEING DRAMATIC!
If you sit at a desk all day or wear heels, you are more prone to experiencing tight calves.
This is because your calf isn’t going through a full range of motion throughout the day. A full range of motion with your calf muscles happens when you walk and your foot rolls from heel to toe, for example. This stepping movement allows your calf muscles – your gastrocnemius and soleus – to fully contract and relax.
This contraction and relaxation don’t happen when you sit at a desk all day and/or walk in heels often.
Instead, what happens is your muscles get tight and the fibers get shortened. These shorter fibres then pull on your knees to cause knee pain, or can pull on fascia in your feet to cause plantar fasciitis. YUCK & OUCH!
Thank you for grasping the severity of this situation! See, I wasn’t being dramatic?!
The solution is simple: stretch!
The rest of this blog is going to be devoted to teaching you 5 Calf Stretches you can incorporate into your daily routines.
Note: I didn’t say incorporate them into your warmups or cool downs? You can; but I suggest is you do them even when you’re not in Sweat Mode.
Aim to perform stretches throughout the day (ex. Every hour on the hour for 1 minute). These miniscule interruptions in your workday will have HUGE impacts on your calves – and by proxy, your feet and knees.
This photoshoot featured special guest, Jemma!
If you’ve read our About Us story, you know that Synergee Worldwide Fitness Inc. is based inside Synergee Fitness, the gym.
Joey runs Synergee Fitness Worldwide Inc. and his mother, Gina, runs the fitness facility! Gina recently adopted Jenna, and the entire Synergee Tem is STOKED! So now we can say our business is family-focused AND dog friendly! Stay tuned for more Jemma Cameos!