Best way to stretch calf muscles

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Learn the best way to stretch tight calves

In another post, I shared how I’ve suffered from night time leg cramps for almost two years. It’s just been in the past four weeks that I’ve found relief.  One of the things that has helped tremendously is stretching my calves throughout the day and before I go to bed.

Stretching tight calves can be as simple as standing on a step and hanging your heels off the edge.  My problem is that the only steps I have are on the front and back porch or in the garage and I can’t remember to do the stretches.

I discovered a calf stretch board and asked my husband to make one for me. It’s a board that sits on “rockers” and you stand on the top and tip the board at an angle to provide a nice deep stretch to the calves.

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There are many types of calf stretch boards.  If you have the tools, you can make one with just a few supplies.

How to make a calf stretch board

(1) 12″ x 24″ x 1/2″ piece of plywood 

(1) 2″ x 4″ “rocker board” for the bottom

Anti-slid gripper pads

The circular “rocker” board can be purchased at Home Depot and then sawed in half with a jigsaw.

Attach rockers to the plywood from the top with wood screws.

Peel tape from gripper pads and place on top of plywood.  If the pads slip from standing on the board, use wood screws to stabilize from the top into the rockers underneath.

We have this board in the living room sitting on a rubber drawer liner. It’s easy to remember to stretch for just a few minutes or while watching TV.  Stretch until you feel a slight tension. There’s no need to overdo it. As the calves become more flexible, you’ll be able to stretch farther and for longer periods of time.

Leave a comment below and let me know how you stretch out.

Kristy KlenkKristy Klenk has reached the 55 (and counting) birthday and finds this stage of life and aging an interesting adventure. For over 20 years she has been on a journey of living a holistic lifestyle and continues to research its positive effects on aging.

 

Disclaimer: Information found on this website or links to other websites are for informational purposes only and not intended for medical advice.  You know your body and your physical, emotional and mental situation. Consult your physician before making any changes.

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