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Two Powerful Calf Exercises to Prevent Cankles

Break out your sneakers…then your stilettos! Targeting your calves (the muscles that run from your femur to your heel) with these proven moves will help you run, walk, hike, dance—heck, do almost any activity—longer. Plus, toned lower legs help your ankles look even slimmer, so you can sidestep the dreaded "cankle." These muscles get tight easily, though, so be sure to stretch or use the foam roller post-sweat session. Get started with these two moves:


Plie Squat and Calf Raise
Stand with your feet wider than hip-width apart, toes slightly turned out, hands on your hips. Bend your knees over your toes and lower your body into a squat. Hold this position and lift your heels up (without raising your hips) and then press them back down 10 times in a row. Return to standing to complete one rep.

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 Calf Raises
Standing in first position, heels together, toes slightly turned out. Take 1 second to shift your weight to the balls of your feet and raise up to your highest relevé (on your toes). Slowly return yours heels to the floor in 4 counts. Hold your hands on your hips for the entire movement or for a little extra shoulder burn, hold your arms out in a "T" position.



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