Prior to exercising, it is important to learn how to stretch your shins to avoid causing injury to yourself. Shin stretching exercises are effective for loosening the shins, which improves the body’s ability to point the toes. These exercises are also effective in relieving any tightness you may feel in the shin area. By using shin stretches before performing exercises like such as running or jugging, you will minimize the amount of discomfort you feel during the workout.
- To stretch your shins, one of the most effective stretches is the seated shin stretch. To do the seated shin stretch you will need to find a flat area on the floor or ground that is large enough for you to sit on. To perform this stretch you need to sit with your legs folded underneath you, calves to the back of your thighs. Your toes need to be pointed straight behind you, parallel to the ground, as you shift your weight to one side of your body and slightly life the knee that is under the least weight. Hold this position for approximately 30 seconds and repeat on the other leg.
- Another simple stretch you can use to stretch your shins can be done just about anywhere and at anytime. You can do this stretch while sitting, standing, or laying down. To do this stretch you will need to keep your leg straight and then point the toes down as far as possible. Hold this stretch for approximately 30 seconds and repeat on the second leg.
Although taking the time to stretch your shins may seem to be a very simple step, it is an important step because without taking the time to stretch your shins you can cause injury to the muscle group in the area. Plus, if you do not take the time to stretch your shins you will experience extreme discomfort during exercising because the body is not accustom to using that muscle group in that way.