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BASIC TRAINING.

Byline: Kathy Kaehler

Q: What's a good exercise for toning the calves?

A: Calf raises shape and tone the lower part of your leg. Doing calf raises is also helpful in preventing knee injuries and shin splints.

Try this exercise at home or while you are standing in line at the market. This is also an easy exercise to do while you are waiting line at the movies or while you wait for the kids' soccer practice to end.

Do three sets of eight to 10 repetitions.

Stand with your heels a few inches apart and toes turned out. With straight legs, lift both heels up off the floor leaning in toward the big toes.

Lower the heels and plie by bending both knees slightly, until you feel a deep stretch in your calves. Repeat.

TIP: When outside walking on uneven ground, make sure you plant your whole foot with each step.

This will keep you more balanced. When climbing up a steep slope or hill, stay upright and don't let your nose go past your toes. Leaning too far forward can strain your lower back and hamstrings.

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Date:Nov 20, 2006
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