How to Get Rid of Big Calves
We all know that you can’t “spot reduce” fat on your body; some of us are just prone to carrying weight on our legs. But even if you can’t change your genetics, there are things you can do to get rid of big calves.
If you’re worried about reducing your calf size, chances are you’re already paying attention to your diet, which will help you lose weight all over your body, including your legs. But there is one other important thing to think in your diet. The recommended daily allowance for salt is 2400 mg, or just over one teaspoon of table salt. Getting that amount of salt is vital for health, but eating too much can cause swelling and water retention, particularly in the legs and ankles. Pay careful attention to your consumption of salty foods, and be sure those low fat frozen meals aren’t sabotaging your efforts.
Some people blame exercise for their large calves, but for most people this isn’t an issue. Avoid exercises specifically aimed at increasing calf muscles (like those calf dips on the stairs), and instead focus on light, fat burning aerobic activity followed by stretches that target the calves. This will help reduce fat and lengthen the muscles in your legs, making them appear leaner and longer. Try this stretch: Sit on the floor with your legs out in front of you and flex your feet so you feel the stretch in your calves. Slowly lean forward and grab hold of the arches of your feet (use a towel or elastic band if you can’t reach). Continue to flex your feet, focusing on the stretch in your calves. Hold this stretch for at least thirty seconds.
In addition to stretching, massaging your calves will help lessen fluid retention, release toxin build-up, and keep the muscles supple and shapely. You could shell out hundreds of dollars for a massage chair/ottoman, or you could do it yourself. Sitting comfortably in a chair, cross your legs so your right calf is resting just above your left knee. With firm but gentle motions, rub your calf with finger tips and open palms, always moving from the ankle up to the knee. Repeat on the left side.
With a healthy diet, daily aerobic exercise, proper stretching, and some gentle massage, you can get rid of your big calves. And if all else fails, wear heals! High heal shoes will make your legs appear leaner, just be sure to stretch your calves when you take them off to avoid adding bulky muscle to your legs.