Weekly Exercise

Exercise of the Week: Plank to Stretch Hamstrings and Calves

Stretching is important to keep limber, warm up muscles before exercise, and also to help relieve tension and improve relaxation. This movement is a great option to stretch the hamstrings and calves.

-Start by getting into the push-up position, but walk your hands back towards your feet so your body is in an inverted “V” position.

-Your heels should be hovering above the ground- move one knee towards your head while keeping your toes on the ground and simultaneously lowering the other heel slightly to the ground (see video below).

-As you lower a heel, move slowly to ensure you don’t overextend the muscle. This movement should not hurt, but only provide a slight stretch for your muscles. If you feel pain, stop immediately.

-Then, shift to bending the opposite leg, and lowering the opposite heel. You should feel the slight pull in your hamstring and calves.

-Repeat the motion ten times on each side. You can hold the position each rotation for a second or two, for a deeper stretch.

Please speak to your provider before starting any new exercise regimen.

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