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Most people stretch their calves, but completely neglect the opposite muscles in the shin. In walking, we use our shins much more than in other activities. When you walk, you land on your heel and point your toe, therefore it is very important to stretch your shins. This can help prevent shin-splints from occurring.

To stretch your shins, balance yourself near a wall or post. Put your weight on one leg and straighten it. Now, point your other foot to the ground, toe first. With your toe touching the ground, roll this foot forward, so that your toe nail is almost touching the ground. Proceed by moving your leg forward, from the ankle.

You should feel a stretch in your shin. If you don't, try again after you finish walking. It may be tighter then. Some people feel this stretch more when it is done without wearing shoes.

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