Slide show: A guide to basic stretches
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Your calf muscle runs along the back of your lower leg. To stretch your calf muscles:

  • Stand at arm's length from a wall or a piece of sturdy exercise equipment.
  • Place your right foot behind your left foot.
  • Slowly bend your left leg forward, keeping your right knee straight and your right heel on the floor.
  • Hold your back straight and your hips forward. Don't rotate your feet inward or outward.
  • Hold for about 30 seconds.
  • Switch legs and repeat.
  • To deepen the stretch, slightly bend your right knee as you bend your left leg forward.
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