Tag: calf stretch

A Calf Stretch is a Calf Stretch…Or is it?

I posted a series of photos on my social media, photos showing various ways one could perform a calf stretch. In each of the photos there are several variables and variations. In each instance, even though your goal might be the same, the outcome might be different. My reason for posting them was to illustrate this fact, and that if you are doing one, you are not necessarily getting the benefits of the others (or indeed, the benefit you think you are getting). So let's start with the ob

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How to Hip Hinge

This is the second-to-last blog for 2017 and I thought I'd revisit the exercise posts from the beginning and throw another one in. At the beginning of this year, I started blog posts with some basic exercises, found easily in any of Katy Bowman's books, but sometimes seeing them in different pictures, reading the directions from another source, can be helpful. The exercise portion was followed by a post outlining the part of the body that would benefit, and that in turn was followed by a post

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Lifestyle Tips for Lower Leg Health

Sticking with the Lower Leg theme - the calf and soleus - what are some other ways you can add support to a part of your body that is now moving more and moving better? If you’ve been doing the Calf Stretch and Soleus Stretch for a month, you might find that you are experiencing one or all of the following: ease of discomfort in the knees and feet less cramping in the calves and feet more energy for walking and climbing stairs less discomfort in the a.m. in the plantar fascia

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Anatomy of a Calf Stretch

Since my last blog post was about the Calf Stretch, I thought I’d share a little more information about this area of your body and some health issues that can affect you here. [caption id="attachment_1334" align="aligncenter" width="625"] Gastroc/Soleus[/caption] The posterior (back) calf is made up of two predominant muscles: the gastrocnemius (gast-rock-nee-mee-us), which is the muscle that gives your calf that shape you are familiar with, and the soleus, which is deep (under) the gast

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Vive la Calf Stretch!

FIRST EXERCISE OF 2017 IS THE CALF STRETCH! You thought I’d start at the foot didn’t you? Well the calf muscles ARE part of the feet - many of the calf muscles are what is called EXTRINSIC muscles which means one end of them are in the foot, and the other end on the leg. So starting here is like getting a two-for-one deal! But here’s why I really started at the Calf Stretch. This seemingly simple little movement is going to revolutionize your life. The Fidel Calfstretch of exercises,

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