The muscles on the front of your lower legs are weaker than your calves, because they are engaged constantly when moving about during the day. Exercising the shin muscles is good for avoiding muscle imbalance and can help avoid ankle injuries.
Shin splints. It even sounds evil. If you are a runner there a good chance you at some point in your running career have experienced shin splints and then you also know how difficult they are to get rid of. This is a great simple shin exercise you can do almost everywhere to help cure shin splint or to simply prevent ankle injuries.
HOW: Lean with your back against a wall on your heels about a foot from the wall. Hinge your feet up towards your shins as much as you can and then keep them lifted for a couple of seconds before lowering them, without touch the ground your toes. Repeat the desired amount of times.
You can also do this exercise when laying in bed.
Another good shin exercise is to walk on your heels.
*Dorsiflexion is the anatomic term for flexing your feet up toward your lower legs.
Situation: Sitting down, while at work
Sit on the edge of the chair and lean forward and grab hold of your left foot with your righ hand. Without arching your back, bring your belly towards your thighs. You should feel the tension on the back of your left leg. Keep the stretch for about 10 seconds and repeat a couple of times before switching leg.
Try to connect an exercise to something you do frequently, for instance picking out ingredients for when you are cooking. Try to do 5 squats for every new ingredient you pull out. It’s a piece of cake but some dishes have a lot of ingredients and the more you cook the fitter you’ll get.