Having cankles can make your legs look short and fat. Some of the reasons why your calves and ankles look one and the same include genetics, water retention and fat. Naturally, there is nothing you can do about what your parents gave you. The good news is you can improve the appearance of your lower legs simply by watching carefully what you eat and having your regular dose of exercise to burn excess calories and fat.
There certain exercises that target the cankles. Doing them can help tone the muscles in the area, thus giving you legs that look slimmer, longer and more defined. Read on if you are geared up to strut some fabulous ankles.
Even though it seems like your knees are the ones being worked out, doing this exercise actually targets the muscles in the calves and ankles. Start by standing with your legs about shoulder-width apart. Bend forward and place your hands just above each knee. While keeping the soles of your feet flat on the ground and preventing your hips from rocking, rotate your knees clockwise 8 to 10 times. Perform one more set towards the opposite direction.
Calf Raises with Dumbbells
For this particular exercise for the cankles, you need to grab a pair of lightweight dumbbells. Stand up straight with your feet pointed in front of you and about shoulder-width apart. Allow your arms to dangle on your sides while each of your hands is holding a dumbbell. Without bending your knees, take the heels of your feet off the floor. Hold this position for about half a second, and then lower your heels. Do 15 to 20 calf raises.
Fun and easy, doing jump squats is a great way to make your canckles go away. Get started by standing up straight. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart. Bend on the knees and assume a squatting position. See to it that your knees don’t go past your toes. Jump as high as you can while stretching both your arms out to the ceiling. Once back on the floor, return to a squatting position and jump again. Complete 8 to 10 jump squats.
Downward Facing Dog
You need to get down on all fours to perform this particular canckle-busting exercise. Straighten your arms and legs. Plant the palms of your hands and soles of your feet on the floor. Your body should form an inverted V. Bend your left knee slightly while ensuring that the sole of your right foot stays planted on the floor. Can you feel that stretch on your lower right leg? That’s a sign that it’s working. Go back to the starting position and bend the right knee. Do 15 to 20 of them.
Challenging and fun, doing burpees helps in toning the muscles of the lower legs and eliminating canckles. Start by bending your knees, lowering your buttocks close to the ground and planting the palms of your hands on the floor. This is the starting position. Jump as high as you can and immediately proceed to a planking position. Do a single push-up and go back to the starting position. You should do everything about 15 times.