Everybody wants to have nice fit legs but what exercises should you do to tone your calves? We bring you 7 exercises for your calves for that have a beautiful toned look. Bonus: These are bodyweight exercises so you do not need to go to the gym.
1.Single Leg Calf Raise (video clip)
This is a simple exercise. Place your toes and balls of your feet on a calf block, step or curb with your heels and arches extending off. If you need to, you can place a hand or both hands on support for balance. Lift one leg to rear by bending knee. Raise heel by extending ankle as high as possible.
Tip: Use a chair or rail to hold it in balance.
2.Double Leg Calf Raise (video clip)
Place two feet on either a step or curb (you can also stand on a flat surface). We do not recommend standing on the edge of the road because it can be dangerous. This is done by standing upright and slowly raising the heels up for 2 seconds and then lower the heels. If you have enough free time then try to do 3 sets of 20 reps.
Tip: Use a railing or a wall to help in the balance.
3.Seated Calf Raise (video clip)
This is another simple exercise to help tone your calves. It can be done at home, at the office or outside. Sit on a box or bench with your feet flat on the floor in front of you. Flex your calves as high as possible before returning back to the starting position.
4. Run, Jog … Or Walk
Jogging and walking are good for your calves. Pick up the pace to challenge yourself even more. Running will help burn your body fat as well as cardio to help strengthen your heart.
Tip: Wear appropriate shoes to avoid injury.
Gyms have those fancy stepping machines that are available for your convenience but we’re talking about workouts at home and at work. You can use the steps in your house or office and get a workout that is just as good as the gym.
6.Knee Circles (video clip)
It may look strange at the time, but this is a good exercise. You want strong, toned, calves don’t you? Stand upright, knees close together. Place your hands on your knees and make circles clockwise and counterclockwise.
7.Ankle Circles (video clip)
Okay, back to the real world after those crazy knee-jerk exercises. This one is easy. Extend your legs forward and rotate your ankles clockwise and counterclockwise. Repeat this process for a set of 20 reps.
We know these exercises are not very complex but they will still give you a good lower-leg workout for your calves. So, do these exercises and when it starts to become easy then increase the reps and sets.