This exercise builds the shin muscle, the anterior tibialis muscle, on the front side of your lower leg.
If you experience shin splints pain when walking or running, this is the muscle group that is complaining. The anterior tibialis muscle flexes the foot upwards. It complains mightily if you haven't been doing much walking or running and then suddenly increase your speed or distance. This exercise will develop the muscle to prevent shin splints pain.
- Find a step so you can stand facing away from the step, with your heels on the step and your toes hanging over the drop off.
- Hold onto a railing or chair for balance.
- Flex your toes up towards your shins as far as you can. Hold this for a second.
- Release and lower your toes.
- Repeat 8 to 10 times.