The big buzzword for this season, a person is said to have cankles if their calf merges with their foot, erasing all sign of ankle definition. Millions of Americans suffer from the dreaded cankle. While the term gets its share of laughs, there is nothing funny about cankles for those who are plagued with them.
Heredity, obesity and even pregnancy can play a big part in whether or not someone is affected by cankles. Mostly associated with overweight individuals with fat ankles, by contrast, a skinny person whose legs are devoid of shape may appear to have disappearing ankle syndrome, too.
Diet can affect the size of cankles. A diet high in sodium can cause you to retain water, causing your legs and ankles to swell. Avoid as much as possible, the amount of processed food that it is in your diet. Develop a habit of eating healthy foods that are low in sodium, calories, sugar and fat.
Drink more water. Consuming at least eight 8 oz glasses of water every day will help move the excess salt and retained fluids from your body. A body that is well hydrated will actually retain less water.
The 2 main muscles in the calves are the gastrocnemius and soleus, sometimes referred to as the twins. Developing these muscles will give you shapely, sexy legs.
Sculpting the shape of the calf can help to make ankles look thinner. This can be accomplished by doing calf raises. Try these easy to do exercises when you are watching television. Stand behind a stationary chair with your hands on the back of the chair for support. Rise up and down on your tiptoes, as if trying to see something on a top shelf. Repeat these 25-30 times until you are able to do 3-5 sets of these. If you are looking for a bigger challenge to this exercise, you can add weights to take it to the next level.
Walking is one of the most beneficial exercises that you can add to your fitness routine. Spiritually uplifting, this low stress activity can improve your overall health and result in significant weight loss. Brisk walking at least 3 times a week for 30 or more minutes will give you the best results. Walking combined with stretching, jumping, lunges, squats and Pilates can also help you clobber those cankles!
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