#SaturdayStretch! Here are a couple of stretches to make sure that your Gastrocnemius stays loose and healthy.
The first stretch is one where you use a wall. Standing about a foot away from the wall, place the heel of one foot close to the wall and your toes up the wall. Then, gently lean your body towards the wall while keeping your leg straight. Hold for 10-15 seconds then repeat on the other side.
The next stretch is done on a step/curb. You can do this with both legs at the same time, or you can do this one at a time.
If you are doing both legs at the same time, place both feet on the step, with the ball of the feet at the edge of the step. Then, gently relax your calves and drop your heels off the edge of the step. Hold it for 10-15 seconds then step back, and relax.
If you want to do one leg at a time, stand with both feet on the step, then place one foot back, so that the heel can drop down the same as we did in the stretch with both feet. When you drop the heel down, bend the knee of the supporting leg to gently stretch the calf. Hold for 10-15 seconds then step down and repeat for the other leg.