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10. Gastrocnemius Muscle (calf) -
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Stand two to three feet away from a solid support and, with arms and hands extended, lean against it. Bend one leg and place foot on the floor in front of you, leaving other leg straight behind you. Slowly move your hips forward until you feel a stretch in calf of straight leg. Be sure to keep heel of foot of straight leg on floor with toes pointed straight ahead. Hold for six seconds, then relax for five seconds. Switch legs. Repeat twice for each leg.

Stretching Exercises

  1. Neck Muscle
  2. Neck Muscle
  3. Back of Neck and Shoulder Muscles
  4. Back of Arm
  5. Shoulders and Pectoral (chest) Muscles
  6. Hamstring Muscles (back thigh)
  7. Groin
  8. Upper Hamstring and Buttock Muscles
  9. Quadricep Muscles (front thigh)
  10. Gastrocnemius Muscle (calf)

Donna Terbizan, PhD, Professor
Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences
Julie Garden-Robinson, PhD, LRD, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service