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   OZ (2015-12-17 14:09:52, Hit : 1855, Vote : 83)
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   Calf slimming exercises
Calf slimming exercises



Many people are scared to do exercise in the fear that it might cause bigger calf.
If they know which exercise can make calf thinner, they can be more active in their lives and become healthier.
Let's find out what you can do to lose weight and slim calves.


1. Gait


Before delving into calf slimming exercise, we should check our gait first.
Habit affect our body.
Conscious and unconscious repetition of our habitual walking can affect the shape of calf more than we think.
Keep your heels down and avoid walking on the front of your foot like ballet dancer.

High heels can make Gastrocnemius muscle shorter and bulkier and can can make calf look thicker and shorter.
Flat shoes can make Soleus muscle bigger and make lower calf look heavier.
The best height of heels for calf is 1 or 3 cm (0.5 to 1.2 inches).


2. Calf slimming exercise


Walking and running slower but for long distances will slim down your legs and body.
Compare legs of marathoners and sprinters.
Endurance runners like marathoners usually have thin legs, as opposed to sprinters who have very well developed calves and thigh muscles.
Endurance cardio like running on flat ground when outdoors or keeping the resistance / incline low on cardio machines in the gym can reduce not only the size of leg muscle and but also fat tissue in leg (in whole body).
In addition, it can keep your legs firm and shapely.

Remember there is no such thing as spot reduction.
If you need to lose fat around your calf muscles you can only do so through diet, cardio or even liposuction of calves.
But you cannot do exercises that will reduce the fat around the calf muscles alone.

Elliptical trainer in low resitance is an effective tool for low impact cardio which can burn fat faster.




Swimming
slims down the lower legs, lengthens the muscle at the back of calf, and improve the flexibity of body.




Stretching makes big muscles appear longer and leaner.


You can do your leg stretching by wall push-up, yoga, or Pilates.
Stand with your front foot approximately one foot from a wall and your back foot about three feet from a wall.
Your back leg should be straight, the front leg bent and your hands resting against the wall, while you lean forward.
Your feet should point straight ahead and your heels should touch the ground always.
Hold for 1 minute and switch legs and repeat.
You can do this stretching with both legs also.

Upsidedown bicycle movement with supported shoulder stand can reduce the swelling in legs and stretch legs at the same time.
This is especially useful to whom has swelling in legs in the afternoon.



3. Calf thickening exercise

Exercise which call for strength, power, and speed from your legs muscles will make bigger bulkier muscles.
Short intense cardio workouts, inclining exercise, hill running, high resistance exercise, stepping machine exercise, jumping, lifting heavy things, fast cycling all can make calf bigger.




This reminds me a patient who complained about her calf thickening after going into her college at hill.
Environment can affect your body shape.
Ballet dancers usually have big Gastrocnemius muscle because they should stand on tip toe.
Job can affect your body shape also.



Many people are unhappy with the size of their calves.
But it doesn't mean that all they should undergo calf reduction surgery.
(If you consider calf reduction, you should undergo partial resection of Gastrocnemius muscle of course)
Howeber, there are other less invasive(but less effective of course) ways than calf redution to slim down calves.
This kind of habit change and calf slimming exercise also can be helpful to the patients who will undergo or underwent calf reduction surgery also.

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