Rest your hands against a wall or a sturdyobject for balance. Raise your heels a few inches above the edge ofthe step so that you're on your tiptoes. Hold the position for a moment, andthen lower your heels below the platform, feeling a stretch in your calf muscles.
Calf raises are a method of exercising the gastrocnemius, tibialis posterior, peroneals and soleus muscles of the lower leg. The movement performed is plantarflexion, a.k.a. ankle extension.With proper stretching, standing calf raises can be a beneficial part of regular strength training. Strong calf muscles contribute to overallstability, reduce stress on the Achilles tendon,1 and give the lower leg adefined appearance.