Who wouldn’t like to have more shapely calves? Calf raise exercises target the muscles of the calves, helping to define and strengthen them. Make sure you have “textbook form” by following these guidelines:
- To start, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Keep your knees straight but not locked.
- Rise up on your toes, lifting your heels as high as possible. Pause. Then, lower them slowly back to the floor. Repeat movement as many times as you can.
- For balance, hold onto a chair or wall. But don’t let your upper body do the lifting.
- For variety, exercise one leg at a time by holding the opposite foot off the floor. You can also perform the exercise while standing at the edge of a step in order to extend the range of motion. Make sure you drop your heel lower than the step to ensure a good stretch.