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How to Do Heel Raises to Prevent Shin Splints

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Updated June 12, 2014

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Runners, especially beginners, can develop shin splints as they increase their mileage or add speedwork. Do these exercises a few times a week to help prevent shin splints.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 5 minutes

Here's How:

1. Stand with your heels together and toes pointed out.

2. Slowly lift your heels up, stand on your toes, and lower yourself back down.

3. Do 2 to 3 sets of 12 repetitions.

4. Now, stand with your big toes together and heels far apart.

5. Slowly lift your heels up, stand on your toes, and lower yourself back down.

6. Do 2 to 3 sets of 12 repetitions.

Also see:

More Tips for Preventing Shin Splints
Strengthening Exercises for Runners

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