Seated Towel Calf Stretch: Try This Easy Stretch For Bettter Flexibility

Seated towel calf stretches are a great way to improve flexibility in your calf muscles. The more we run, the more we have a need for mobility exercises that will keep our muscles loose and pliable.

When used as part of an overall flexibility program for runners, seated towel calf stretches will help your calf muscles feel amazing.

When I suffered from plantar fasciitis,  seated calf stretches were a critical part of my rehabilitation routine. To this day, seated towel stretches, a variety of standing calf stretches along with my ProCalf Stretch by Medi-Dyne are part of my routine to help with mobility and injury prevention.

How to Do Seated Calf Stretches

calf stretches for runners

Before performing any stretch, it is best to do a light warm-up to “warm” the muscles before stretching them. If you have one available, spend a few minutes on an exercise bike or treadmill to warm up, or do some brisk walking, or lunges, etc. to warm up your muscles. Try to avoid stretching a “cold” muscle.

  1. Sit on the floor with both feet extended. You can sit back against a wall to help support your back if needed.
  2. Place a towel around the upper part of your foot, as shown above. The towel should be long enough to allow you to keep your knees straight and not put pressure on your back.
  3. Gently pull back and hold for 20-30 seconds.
  4. Relax and repeat the stretch 3-5 times, holding each for 20-30 seconds.

Repeat this stretch a couple of times per day or as needed to maintain loose calf muscles. Apply stretches to both legs.