MUSCLE 11, THE CALF MUSCLES flex your foot down and bend the knee in the first push-off move of walking or running.

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THE CALF MUSCLES flex your foot down and bend the knee in the first push-off move of walking or running. As your toes push off, your heel is elevated by the calf muscles. Two muscles called the Gastrocnemius and Soleus both insert into the Achilles' tendon at the back of the heel which is the thickest tendon in the body. The Achilles' tendon is named for the Greek semi-God whose mother held him by his heel when dipping him in the river Styx as a baby. According to the myth, all of his body was protected except for his heel and he was killed by a poison dart shot into his heel. The Achilles' tendon can be injured by sudden movements or turns of the ankle. The tendon can swell and be painful from overuse with swelling and inflammation in the surrounding tissues. If not treated it can rupture which requires surgery. It is important to stretch the calf muscles by elevating and lowering the heel repeatedly on the floor or a slant board at a 30 to 45 degree angle. Stretch your calves before using the treadmill and during your exercise session if they tighten up. Prevent cramping by staying well-hydrated and stretching. If you don't want big calf muscles do not use machines or lift heavy weights. If you want big calves, the machine shown with shoulder weights isolates the calf muscles as you get up on your toes. Remember to have your Protein-Rich Shake within 30 minutes to one hour after you exercise to build any muscle including the calf muscles. Toning rather than building bulk can help prevent injuries in women wearing high heels and be shapely at the same time!! #drdavidheber #calves #muscles #treadmill #tendon #ankles to learn more go to and

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