How should I do a heel raise?

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Edward Phillips
Physical Therapy
Here's how to do a heel raise:

Reps: 8-12
Sets: 1-3
Intensity: Light to moderate
Tempo: 2-1-2
Rest: 30-90 seconds between sets

Starting position: Stand up straight with your hands on your hips.

Movement: Slowly rise up on the balls of both feet. Pause, then slowly lower your heels back to the floor.

Tips and techniques:
  • Maintain neutral posture and tighten your buttock muscles for balance.
  • As you lift, keep your ankles firm to avoid rolling to the outside of your foot.
Too hard? Hold on to the back of a chair for balance while doing the exercise.

Too easy? Try the exercise standing on your right leg only while lifting your left foot slightly off the floor. Finish all reps before repeating with the leg positions reversed. This is one complete set.

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