As the weather turns nicer here in the big ole town of Punxsutawney Pa, i can't help but notice all the people out walking the town and enjoying it! After not exercising all winter, shin splints can be a problem for the first few days of vigorous walking. Shin splints are one running injury that can stop you in your tracks. Not only do they disrupt your training, shin splits hurt too. Weak muscles in the front of the shin coupled with tight calves can lead to this problem. Here are a few stretches to do to prevent those horrid shin splints.
Here are a two exercises and one stretch to do at the end of your runs to balance out the strength of your lower legs.
Toe and Heel Walks
Walking on your toes and heels with your legs in different positions works all the muscles in your lower legs. The motion of turning the feet in and out comes from rotation in your hip joint, not the ankle.
Directions: Walk for 20 to 30 feet in each of these four positions.
Heel Rock: This move will strengthen the lower legs and adds a dynamic element that will challenge your balance.
Calf Stretch Keep your calves long and loose with this simple stretch, which you can repeat throughout the day to ensure your calves stay flexible.