One Exercise for Runners for Life

What if every runner was only allowed to do one exercise for life? What should that be? 

Our answer would be calf raises. The calf plays a huge role in absorbing and creating forces, and has even been linked to risk of stress fracture (Popp 2009). It’s an easy exercise to do and requires no equipment.

➡️ Tip: Many athletes have a history of ankle injuries – an unstable ankle will “cheat” during calf raises by rolling outward.  To get the maximum benefit, think “Push the Penny.” Visualize a penny underneath your big toe. When you lift your heel, push that penny through the floor!


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