Lots of hiking experts talk about ways to manage calf muscle soreness after hiking. Rolling, massage, stretching are all techniques to help with the burning and achy feeling in your calves. However, the bigger question is why are your calves so sore?
The reason is that most hikers rely too heavily on their calf muscles. They make the smaller, although very powerful, muscles do the work that the larger muscles in the hip should be doing.
So, how do you relieve the calf muscles and engage the big movers like the glutei? This video explains how hinging forward at the hips will give you a big advantage and relieve the stress on your calves.