Almost all aerobic and cardiovascular workouts involve a lot of hard work for your legs. Whether it's jogging, tennis, basketball or aerobic dance, you're likely to be putting stress on your Achilles tendons. If you strain these tendons too far, you can end up with a condition called Achilles tendinitis.
To avoid ending up stuck on the couch with ice on your ankles when you could be out getting fit and having fun, incorporate these calf and tendon stretches into your routine.
Simple Calf Stretch
The stronger and more flexible your calves, the better your lower leg and ankle area can handle stress. For this stretch, all you'll need is a wall or other flat vertical surface.
Simple Tendon Stretch
The motion for this stretch is very close to that for the simple calf stretch, making it easy to remember. It's also somewhat similar to a forward lunge in aerobics if you are familiar with that exercise; however, your weight will be leaned into the wall since this is for flexibility and not leg strength.
If you're noticing pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles when you exercise, don't just push through it! Whether you have a sprain, Achilles tendinitis, or simply shoes with improper support, exercising through the pain can lead to more serious injury down the line. Instead, make an appointment one of the podiatrists in your area to determine the cause of your pain and keep your feet healthy.
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