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How to Properly Do Calf Raises

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  • Calf raises are a type of exercise that are geared toward improving the muscles at the back of your legs. When done properly, they increase the strength of your calves, so you can jump higher as well as improve your lower legs' tone, definition and appearance
  • Calf raises benefit your gastrocnemius and soleus muscles. These are defined as the primary plantar flexors — basically they’re essential whenever you move and extend your ankles
  • Calf raises may aid in stretching tight calf muscles and alleviating Charley horses and muscle spasms, and can be added to a rehabilitation plan for Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and medial tibial pain

Bodywide exercises allow you to target multiple muscles, burn more calories and increase fitness levels. But some areas, such as your calf muscles, found at the back of your lower leg, can pose a challenge.

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