The Benefits of Calf Raises
Calf raises are a popular strength training exercise which can be done anywhere at any time. To properly perform a calf raise, stand near a wall with your hands on the wall for support and balance. Lift one foot off the ground, pointing it behind you. Rise up on the ball of your other foot as high as you can go. Lower back down to the ground, not allowing your heel to touch the ground in between repetitions.
livestrong.com shares some great benefits of doing calf raises.
- Work Your Muscles: they improve muscular strength, say experts. And not only will calf raises strengthen your muscles, they will also give definition to your lower leg, improving its appearance.
- Rehabilitate Achilles Tendon: They are often used as a rehabilitative exercise for Achilles tendon injuries.
- Jump Higher: They are the answer for all athletes looking for ways to jump higher — from basketball players, to cheerleaders and gymnasts. According to the Sports Fitness Advisor website, ‘a training programme that includes calf raises can help you increase your vertical by as much as 12 inches’.
Place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth when crunching. According to famous personal trainer Kayla Itsines, it will help you relax your neck muscles and reduce strain.