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|Author: ||J. R.|
|Subject: ||4 remedies|
I've had the tight calves before to the point of not being able to run for long periods then found the remedies on my own.
Basically the tight calves are caused by the calves being too tight (obviously) and too strong compared to the balancing muscles in the front of the legs. So avoid doing anything like calf raises etc as that would most certainly make the problems much worse. On the other hand, ice, rolling a stick or bottle on your calves, and using fresh ginger root to get rid of inflammation are all helpful.
Four things you can do are as follows:
1) Always run with a quick brisk stride, and avoid trying to push hard off your toes. A quick stride is better anyway so embrace it.
2) Do astanga yoga sun salutations religiously, at least 10 minutes before running and at least 10 minutes at night. If you do them again after running, all the better.
3) Heel walks. Hold on to a counter or chair while standing on your heels, then repeatedly lift your knees high in the air while keeping your heels pointed down and your toes pointed up the whole time. Stay on your heels the whole time for this exercise and do not let the balls of your feet touch the floor. Your tibialis anterior muscles will burn with this exercise which is good as this helps to balance your legs. Start moderately with maybe 20 a number of times each day to doing 100 of them two or three times a day.
4) Bobbing in place. Get a timer and see how many times you can lift your feet alternatively a couple of inches off the floor in one minute. Aim for at least 200+ times in a minute. The more the better. You are moving your feet and legs fast with this exercise, but you are not using your calves as you are not pushing off and are keeping your feet close to the ground. Take a minute break to walk around then repeat two more times. Repeat this every morning before running. This exercise will also work the muscles in the front of your legs and will help to balance them with the back. This one is my favorite and gets you prepared for utilizing a quick stride when you run.
Let me know how these work for you.
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