Stand and Deliver
Every woman wants to have a great pair of legs...you know those gorgeous gams you see peeking out of skirt or leading up from a terrific pair of shoes? Shapely toned calves are a big part of creating that look, but they are also very important for stability, posture and mobility. The low-intensity exercise of calf raises is a simple but excellent way to strengthen and tone your calf muscles, when done regularly and why we chose it as this month's Essential Exercise for Women.
Standing Calf Raise
Stand tall, with feet a comfortable distance apart, no more than a few inches. Make sure that feet are pointing straight. Hold a dumbbell in each hand. This is your starting position. Raise yourself slowly until you are standing on the balls of your feet, squeeze the lower leg muscles and hold for 1 second. Slowly lower yourself to the starting position. Repeat for 2 or 3 sets of 12-15. Need help with your balance? Grab on to the back of a chair or place you hands against a wall until your calves are stronger and you can maintain your balance more easily.
Step it up!
Kick those calf raises into high gear and stand on a step to do this exercise. This increases the level of difficulty.
Note: Beginners should perform this exercise on the floor and it is advised to perform the exercise in front of a trainer, to be sure you are performing it correctly!
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