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Yoga is the right kind of exercise for children as it is gentle, non-competitive and works not only on the entire body, but also the mind and spirit. Children of all ages and physical abilities can perform. Yoga has great benefits for growing children and it is fun too. The children learn to stretch, breathe deeply, relax and concentrate. Yoga develops correct posture, body awareness and self-confidence. It builds stamina, stability and balance. It helps to improve digestion, elimination of toxins and circulation, to keep them healthy and happy – more positive, self confident and emotionally independent.

In one sense its a sad comment that even kids need stress relief in this day and age, but on the other hand its good to see that approaches like yoga are being offered to help kids have a foundation of balance and awareness that will help them shape a world that is not as imbalanced in the future.

I have found that yoga can help counter these pressures. When children learn techniques for self-health, relaxation, and inner fulfillment, they can navigate life’s challenges with a little more ease. Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity. Fostering cooperation and compassion—instead of opposition—is a great gift to give our children.

Doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Yoga brings that marvelous inner light that all children have to the surface.

When yogis developed the asana many thousands of years ago, they still lived close to the natural world and used animals and plants for inspiration—the sting of a scorpion, the grace of a swan, the grounded stature of a tree. When children imitate the movements and sounds of nature, they have a chance to get inside another being and imagine taking on its qualities. When they assume the pose of the lion (Simhasana) for example, they experience not only the power and behavior of the lion, but also their own sense of power: when to be aggressive, when to retreat. The physical movements introduce kids to yoga’s true meaning: union, expression, and honor for oneself and one’s part in the delicate web of life.

Yoga with children offers many possibilities to exchange wisdom, share good times, and lay the foundation for a lifelong practice that will continue to deepen.

The yoga asanas are used as a springboard for exploration of many other areas—animal adaptations and behavior, music and playing instruments, storytelling, and drawing.

Gardner, an author and professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, describes eight intelligences innate in all of us—linguistic, logical, visual, musical, kinesthetic, naturalistic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal—and emphasizes that children should be given the opportunity to develop and embody as many of these as possible.

In keeping with this theory, Yoga with kids integrates storytelling, games, music, language, and other arts into a complete curriculum that engages the “whole child.”

The greatest challenge with children is to hold their attention long enough to teach them the benefits of yoga: stillness, balance, flexibility, focus, peace, grace, connection, health, and well-being. Luckily, most children love to talk, and they love to move—both of which can happen in yoga. Children will jump at the chance to assume the role of animals, trees, flowers, and warriors. They bark in the dog pose, hiss in the cobra, and meow in cat stretch. They also recite the ABCs or 123s as they are holding poses. Sound is a great release for children and adds an auditory dimension to the physical experience of yoga.

Children need to discover the world on their own. Telling them to think harder, do it better, or be a certain way because it’s good for them is not the optimal way. Instead, provide a loving, responsive, creative environment for them to uncover their own truths. As they perform the various animal and nature asanas, engage their minds to deepen their awareness. When they’re snakes (Bhujangasana), invite them to really imagine that they’re just a long spine with no arms and legs. Could you still run or climb a tree? In Tree Pose (Vrksasana), ask them to imagine being a giant oak, with roots growing out of the bottoms of their feet. Could you stay in the same position for 100 years? If you were to be chopped down, would that be OK? Would it hurt?

When they stretch like a dog, balance like a flamingo, breathe like a bunny, or stand strong and tall like a tree, they are making a connection between the macrocosm of their environment and the microcosm of their bodies. The importance of reverence for all life and the principle of interdependence become apparent. Children begin to understand that we are all made of the same “stuff.” We’re just in different forms.

Yoga is everywhere–and it’s a good thing, too! These days, it seems like more and more kids are under more and more pressure. They are overwhelmed with busy schedules, hectic home lives, and increased social pressures. Its no wonder kids are often cranky, clumsy, distracted, unfocused, hyperactive, or lacking energy. But regardless of whether a child’s stress is family, peer, or school related, it doesn’t have to be a diagnosis for potential problems.

Through healthy, spontaneous and imaginative play kids are able to:

• Explore the world around them
• Express themselves
• Process their experiences
• Build healthy relationships
• Prepare to meet life’s challenges

And then there are all the benefits of yoga for kids:

• It helps cultivate a relaxed state of body and mind
• Increases concentration and focus
• Builds self-esteem, confidence, and instills a sense of calm
• Non-competitive
• Develops strong, healthy, flexible bodies
• Provides tools for stress management
• Stimulates imagination
• Increases self-awareness
___________________________________________________________
A typical kids class includes

1. Breathing Easing: Kids Learn new and unique breathing exercises designed to:
• De-stress
• Release tension
• Calm and balance the nervous system

2. Power Poses: The challenging, kick-it-up-another-notch poses
• To energize the body and calm the mind
• To improve focus through physical challenges
• To relieve stress

3. Games and Partner Poses: Tap into the child’s innate creative, spontaneous, and playful energies
• In a non-competitive way
• By developing teamwork skills and creative thinking

4. Relaxation Station: Using stories, breathing exercises and visualization techniques, kids learn to
• Rest and recharge
• Generate creativity through visualizations
• Reduce stress
• Develop self-soothing techniques

Written by kiransawhney

June 14, 2008 at 8:17 am

exercise for kids

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Yoga is the right kind of exercise for children as it is gentle, non-competitive and works not only on the entire body, but also the mind and spirit. Children of all ages and physical abilities can perform. Yoga has great benefits for growing children and it is fun too. The children learn to stretch, breathe deeply, relax and concentrate. Yoga develops correct posture, body awareness and self-confidence. It builds stamina, stability and balance. It helps to improve digestion, elimination of toxins and circulation, to keep them healthy and happy – more positive, self confident and emotionally independent.

In one sense its a sad comment that even kids need stress relief in this day and age, but on the other hand its good to see that approaches like yoga are being offered to help kids have a foundation of balance and awareness that will help them shape a world that is not as imbalanced in the future.

I have found that yoga can help counter these pressures. When children learn techniques for self-health, relaxation, and inner fulfillment, they can navigate life’s challenges with a little more ease. Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity. Fostering cooperation and compassion—instead of opposition—is a great gift to give our children.

Doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Yoga brings that marvelous inner light that all children have to the surface.

When yogis developed the asana many thousands of years ago, they still lived close to the natural world and used animals and plants for inspiration—the sting of a scorpion, the grace of a swan, the grounded stature of a tree. When children imitate the movements and sounds of nature, they have a chance to get inside another being and imagine taking on its qualities. When they assume the pose of the lion (Simhasana) for example, they experience not only the power and behavior of the lion, but also their own sense of power: when to be aggressive, when to retreat. The physical movements introduce kids to yoga’s true meaning: union, expression, and honor for oneself and one’s part in the delicate web of life.

Yoga with children offers many possibilities to exchange wisdom, share good times, and lay the foundation for a lifelong practice that will continue to deepen.

The yoga asanas are used as a springboard for exploration of many other areas—animal adaptations and behavior, music and playing instruments, storytelling, and drawing.

Gardner, an author and professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, describes eight intelligences innate in all of us—linguistic, logical, visual, musical, kinesthetic, naturalistic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal—and emphasizes that children should be given the opportunity to develop and embody as many of these as possible.

In keeping with this theory, Yoga with kids integrates storytelling, games, music, language, and other arts into a complete curriculum that engages the “whole child.”

The greatest challenge with children is to hold their attention long enough to teach them the benefits of yoga: stillness, balance, flexibility, focus, peace, grace, connection, health, and well-being. Luckily, most children love to talk, and they love to move—both of which can happen in yoga. Children will jump at the chance to assume the role of animals, trees, flowers, and warriors. They bark in the dog pose, hiss in the cobra, and meow in cat stretch. They also recite the ABCs or 123s as they are holding poses. Sound is a great release for children and adds an auditory dimension to the physical experience of yoga.

Children need to discover the world on their own. Telling them to think harder, do it better, or be a certain way because it’s good for them is not the optimal way. Instead, provide a loving, responsive, creative environment for them to uncover their own truths. As they perform the various animal and nature asanas, engage their minds to deepen their awareness. When they’re snakes (Bhujangasana), invite them to really imagine that they’re just a long spine with no arms and legs. Could you still run or climb a tree? In Tree Pose (Vrksasana), ask them to imagine being a giant oak, with roots growing out of the bottoms of their feet. Could you stay in the same position for 100 years? If you were to be chopped down, would that be OK? Would it hurt?

When they stretch like a dog, balance like a flamingo, breathe like a bunny, or stand strong and tall like a tree, they are making a connection between the macrocosm of their environment and the microcosm of their bodies. The importance of reverence for all life and the principle of interdependence become apparent. Children begin to understand that we are all made of the same “stuff.” We’re just in different forms.

Yoga is everywhere–and it’s a good thing, too! These days, it seems like more and more kids are under more and more pressure. They are overwhelmed with busy schedules, hectic home lives, and increased social pressures. Its no wonder kids are often cranky, clumsy, distracted, unfocused, hyperactive, or lacking energy. But regardless of whether a child’s stress is family, peer, or school related, it doesn’t have to be a diagnosis for potential problems.

Through healthy, spontaneous and imaginative play kids are able to:

• Explore the world around them
• Express themselves
• Process their experiences
• Build healthy relationships
• Prepare to meet life’s challenges

And then there are all the benefits of yoga for kids:

• It helps cultivate a relaxed state of body and mind
• Increases concentration and focus
• Builds self-esteem, confidence, and instills a sense of calm
• Non-competitive
• Develops strong, healthy, flexible bodies
• Provides tools for stress management
• Stimulates imagination
• Increases self-awareness
___________________________________________________________
A typical kids class includes

1. Breathing Easing: Kids Learn new and unique breathing exercises designed to:
• De-stress
• Release tension
• Calm and balance the nervous system

2. Power Poses: The challenging, kick-it-up-another-notch poses
• To energize the body and calm the mind
• To improve focus through physical challenges
• To relieve stress

3. Games and Partner Poses: Tap into the child’s innate creative, spontaneous, and playful energies
• In a non-competitive way
• By developing teamwork skills and creative thinking

4. Relaxation Station: Using stories, breathing exercises and visualization techniques, kids learn to
• Rest and recharge
• Generate creativity through visualizations
• Reduce stress
• Develop self-soothing techniques

Written by kiransawhney

June 14, 2008 at 8:17 am

exercise for kids

with one comment


Yoga is the right kind of exercise for children as it is gentle, non-competitive and works not only on the entire body, but also the mind and spirit. Children of all ages and physical abilities can perform. Yoga has great benefits for growing children and it is fun too. The children learn to stretch, breathe deeply, relax and concentrate. Yoga develops correct posture, body awareness and self-confidence. It builds stamina, stability and balance. It helps to improve digestion, elimination of toxins and circulation, to keep them healthy and happy – more positive, self confident and emotionally independent.

In one sense its a sad comment that even kids need stress relief in this day and age, but on the other hand its good to see that approaches like yoga are being offered to help kids have a foundation of balance and awareness that will help them shape a world that is not as imbalanced in the future.

I have found that yoga can help counter these pressures. When children learn techniques for self-health, relaxation, and inner fulfillment, they can navigate life’s challenges with a little more ease. Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity. Fostering cooperation and compassion—instead of opposition—is a great gift to give our children.

Doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Yoga brings that marvelous inner light that all children have to the surface.

When yogis developed the asana many thousands of years ago, they still lived close to the natural world and used animals and plants for inspiration—the sting of a scorpion, the grace of a swan, the grounded stature of a tree. When children imitate the movements and sounds of nature, they have a chance to get inside another being and imagine taking on its qualities. When they assume the pose of the lion (Simhasana) for example, they experience not only the power and behavior of the lion, but also their own sense of power: when to be aggressive, when to retreat. The physical movements introduce kids to yoga’s true meaning: union, expression, and honor for oneself and one’s part in the delicate web of life.

Yoga with children offers many possibilities to exchange wisdom, share good times, and lay the foundation for a lifelong practice that will continue to deepen.

The yoga asanas are used as a springboard for exploration of many other areas—animal adaptations and behavior, music and playing instruments, storytelling, and drawing.

Gardner, an author and professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, describes eight intelligences innate in all of us—linguistic, logical, visual, musical, kinesthetic, naturalistic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal—and emphasizes that children should be given the opportunity to develop and embody as many of these as possible.

In keeping with this theory, Yoga with kids integrates storytelling, games, music, language, and other arts into a complete curriculum that engages the “whole child.”

The greatest challenge with children is to hold their attention long enough to teach them the benefits of yoga: stillness, balance, flexibility, focus, peace, grace, connection, health, and well-being. Luckily, most children love to talk, and they love to move—both of which can happen in yoga. Children will jump at the chance to assume the role of animals, trees, flowers, and warriors. They bark in the dog pose, hiss in the cobra, and meow in cat stretch. They also recite the ABCs or 123s as they are holding poses. Sound is a great release for children and adds an auditory dimension to the physical experience of yoga.

Children need to discover the world on their own. Telling them to think harder, do it better, or be a certain way because it’s good for them is not the optimal way. Instead, provide a loving, responsive, creative environment for them to uncover their own truths. As they perform the various animal and nature asanas, engage their minds to deepen their awareness. When they’re snakes (Bhujangasana), invite them to really imagine that they’re just a long spine with no arms and legs. Could you still run or climb a tree? In Tree Pose (Vrksasana), ask them to imagine being a giant oak, with roots growing out of the bottoms of their feet. Could you stay in the same position for 100 years? If you were to be chopped down, would that be OK? Would it hurt?

When they stretch like a dog, balance like a flamingo, breathe like a bunny, or stand strong and tall like a tree, they are making a connection between the macrocosm of their environment and the microcosm of their bodies. The importance of reverence for all life and the principle of interdependence become apparent. Children begin to understand that we are all made of the same “stuff.” We’re just in different forms.

Yoga is everywhere–and it’s a good thing, too! These days, it seems like more and more kids are under more and more pressure. They are overwhelmed with busy schedules, hectic home lives, and increased social pressures. Its no wonder kids are often cranky, clumsy, distracted, unfocused, hyperactive, or lacking energy. But regardless of whether a child’s stress is family, peer, or school related, it doesn’t have to be a diagnosis for potential problems.

Through healthy, spontaneous and imaginative play kids are able to:

• Explore the world around them
• Express themselves
• Process their experiences
• Build healthy relationships
• Prepare to meet life’s challenges

And then there are all the benefits of yoga for kids:

• It helps cultivate a relaxed state of body and mind
• Increases concentration and focus
• Builds self-esteem, confidence, and instills a sense of calm
• Non-competitive
• Develops strong, healthy, flexible bodies
• Provides tools for stress management
• Stimulates imagination
• Increases self-awareness
___________________________________________________________
A typical kids class includes

1. Breathing Easing: Kids Learn new and unique breathing exercises designed to:
• De-stress
• Release tension
• Calm and balance the nervous system

2. Power Poses: The challenging, kick-it-up-another-notch poses
• To energize the body and calm the mind
• To improve focus through physical challenges
• To relieve stress

3. Games and Partner Poses: Tap into the child’s innate creative, spontaneous, and playful energies
• In a non-competitive way
• By developing teamwork skills and creative thinking

4. Relaxation Station: Using stories, breathing exercises and visualization techniques, kids learn to
• Rest and recharge
• Generate creativity through visualizations
• Reduce stress
• Develop self-soothing techniques

Written by kiransawhney

June 14, 2008 at 8:17 am

shape your legs

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Are your calves the bane of your life? Too thin or too hefty? Your calves are often the forgotten muscle in your exercise plan. Exercising them will add definition & strength to them. Surely you have noticed the appearance of the calf muscle in people who wear high heels. Calf muscles are best exercised when you raise your heels to full height.

Because of how the muscle is attached, you train the soleus more effectively when your knees are bent. If you think your calves are too thin, concentrate on exercising this muscle a little more often.

When your leg is straight, you can train your gastocnemius muscle more effectively. If you are unhappy with your calves, they look too thick, concentrate on training this muscle more. With the correct amount of exercise, you can create more definition in your lower leg and activate the muscle fibers so that fat within the muscle fibre has a better chance of being burned off when you are doing some cardiovascular activity.

1. Standing heel raise in back lunge position.
Stand in a lunge position. Front leg is slightly bent, back leg is extended and the heel is flat on the floor. Both feet face forward. Lift your heel until your weight is on the ball of the foot. Raise it as high as you can and then lower. Keep the upper body very still, chest out and shoulders down and back. The movement in this exercise is very vertical, up and down, not forward and back. Execute the movement slowly.

2. Standing heel raise in back lunge position.
The stance is somewhat like the first exercise. Except that here the back leg is bent. In this bent knee position, raise and lower the heel. Keep the back knee bent throughout this exercise. Make sure that just the back foot moves. Come up only to the ball of your foot, not your toes. Done properly you must feel the weight in the ball of the feet.

3. Standing heel raise with weights in hand
Stand with your legs placed hip width apart. Hold the weights in your hands to overload the muscle being worked. Keeping the legs very straight, raise up on the balls of your feet. Squeeze your buttock muscles together and pull your abs in. this will help you to keep your balance. Slowly lower the heels down to the floor.
This exercise demands a lot of concentration in order to keep your balance and technique. Make sure you are coming up to the balls of your feet and not your toes. Your can still add more definition to this by standing on a balance trainer which also challenges your balance and hence you also train your core abdominal.

4.Standing heel raise with a bar.
Hold a bar or a pole vertical out in front of you so that you can maintain a neutral position, shoulders down, neck long and head straight. Hold the pole with both the hands, keeping the arms relaxed. This is a very effective exercise if executed properly. Find a comfortable stance that allows a full range of motion and good technique.

Similarly if you have a very week muscle you can do the sitting heel raises. You can start training by initially sitting on a chair or an exercise ball.

Calf stretch

First extend back of leg fully and feel the pull in the large calf muscle. Now bend your knee, keeping the heel on the floor. You must feel the stretch transfer to the lower part of your calf. Keep the knee bent and heel flat on the floor. Hold for 30 seconds. Change legs, and repeat several times. Your body should build a diagonal line from head to foot.

This is an excellent stretch for the calf muscle that you must do at the end of any strenuous activity specially involving your legs- like walk, jog, run etc. this helps your to avoid injuries and prevent post exercise soreness.

Shapely legs are woman’s assets. We have to workout regularly and religiously to get the desired shape and tone of the muscle. If you are fond of wearing skirts and heels to show your shapely legs, make sure you exercise your calf muscles regularly and then enjoy all the attention that you will get and deserve.

Written by kiransawhney

June 12, 2008 at 6:40 am

shape your legs

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Are your calves the bane of your life? Too thin or too hefty? Your calves are often the forgotten muscle in your exercise plan. Exercising them will add definition & strength to them. Surely you have noticed the appearance of the calf muscle in people who wear high heels. Calf muscles are best exercised when you raise your heels to full height.

Because of how the muscle is attached, you train the soleus more effectively when your knees are bent. If you think your calves are too thin, concentrate on exercising this muscle a little more often.

When your leg is straight, you can train your gastocnemius muscle more effectively. If you are unhappy with your calves, they look too thick, concentrate on training this muscle more. With the correct amount of exercise, you can create more definition in your lower leg and activate the muscle fibers so that fat within the muscle fibre has a better chance of being burned off when you are doing some cardiovascular activity.

1. Standing heel raise in back lunge position.
Stand in a lunge position. Front leg is slightly bent, back leg is extended and the heel is flat on the floor. Both feet face forward. Lift your heel until your weight is on the ball of the foot. Raise it as high as you can and then lower. Keep the upper body very still, chest out and shoulders down and back. The movement in this exercise is very vertical, up and down, not forward and back. Execute the movement slowly.

2. Standing heel raise in back lunge position.
The stance is somewhat like the first exercise. Except that here the back leg is bent. In this bent knee position, raise and lower the heel. Keep the back knee bent throughout this exercise. Make sure that just the back foot moves. Come up only to the ball of your foot, not your toes. Done properly you must feel the weight in the ball of the feet.

3. Standing heel raise with weights in hand
Stand with your legs placed hip width apart. Hold the weights in your hands to overload the muscle being worked. Keeping the legs very straight, raise up on the balls of your feet. Squeeze your buttock muscles together and pull your abs in. this will help you to keep your balance. Slowly lower the heels down to the floor.
This exercise demands a lot of concentration in order to keep your balance and technique. Make sure you are coming up to the balls of your feet and not your toes. Your can still add more definition to this by standing on a balance trainer which also challenges your balance and hence you also train your core abdominal.

4.Standing heel raise with a bar.
Hold a bar or a pole vertical out in front of you so that you can maintain a neutral position, shoulders down, neck long and head straight. Hold the pole with both the hands, keeping the arms relaxed. This is a very effective exercise if executed properly. Find a comfortable stance that allows a full range of motion and good technique.

Similarly if you have a very week muscle you can do the sitting heel raises. You can start training by initially sitting on a chair or an exercise ball.

Calf stretch

First extend back of leg fully and feel the pull in the large calf muscle. Now bend your knee, keeping the heel on the floor. You must feel the stretch transfer to the lower part of your calf. Keep the knee bent and heel flat on the floor. Hold for 30 seconds. Change legs, and repeat several times. Your body should build a diagonal line from head to foot.

This is an excellent stretch for the calf muscle that you must do at the end of any strenuous activity specially involving your legs- like walk, jog, run etc. this helps your to avoid injuries and prevent post exercise soreness.

Shapely legs are woman’s assets. We have to workout regularly and religiously to get the desired shape and tone of the muscle. If you are fond of wearing skirts and heels to show your shapely legs, make sure you exercise your calf muscles regularly and then enjoy all the attention that you will get and deserve.

Written by kiransawhney

June 12, 2008 at 6:40 am

shape your legs

leave a comment »



Are your calves the bane of your life? Too thin or too hefty? Your calves are often the forgotten muscle in your exercise plan. Exercising them will add definition & strength to them. Surely you have noticed the appearance of the calf muscle in people who wear high heels. Calf muscles are best exercised when you raise your heels to full height.

Because of how the muscle is attached, you train the soleus more effectively when your knees are bent. If you think your calves are too thin, concentrate on exercising this muscle a little more often.

When your leg is straight, you can train your gastocnemius muscle more effectively. If you are unhappy with your calves, they look too thick, concentrate on training this muscle more. With the correct amount of exercise, you can create more definition in your lower leg and activate the muscle fibers so that fat within the muscle fibre has a better chance of being burned off when you are doing some cardiovascular activity.

1. Standing heel raise in back lunge position.
Stand in a lunge position. Front leg is slightly bent, back leg is extended and the heel is flat on the floor. Both feet face forward. Lift your heel until your weight is on the ball of the foot. Raise it as high as you can and then lower. Keep the upper body very still, chest out and shoulders down and back. The movement in this exercise is very vertical, up and down, not forward and back. Execute the movement slowly.

2. Standing heel raise in back lunge position.
The stance is somewhat like the first exercise. Except that here the back leg is bent. In this bent knee position, raise and lower the heel. Keep the back knee bent throughout this exercise. Make sure that just the back foot moves. Come up only to the ball of your foot, not your toes. Done properly you must feel the weight in the ball of the feet.

3. Standing heel raise with weights in hand
Stand with your legs placed hip width apart. Hold the weights in your hands to overload the muscle being worked. Keeping the legs very straight, raise up on the balls of your feet. Squeeze your buttock muscles together and pull your abs in. this will help you to keep your balance. Slowly lower the heels down to the floor.
This exercise demands a lot of concentration in order to keep your balance and technique. Make sure you are coming up to the balls of your feet and not your toes. Your can still add more definition to this by standing on a balance trainer which also challenges your balance and hence you also train your core abdominal.

4.Standing heel raise with a bar.
Hold a bar or a pole vertical out in front of you so that you can maintain a neutral position, shoulders down, neck long and head straight. Hold the pole with both the hands, keeping the arms relaxed. This is a very effective exercise if executed properly. Find a comfortable stance that allows a full range of motion and good technique.

Similarly if you have a very week muscle you can do the sitting heel raises. You can start training by initially sitting on a chair or an exercise ball.

Calf stretch

First extend back of leg fully and feel the pull in the large calf muscle. Now bend your knee, keeping the heel on the floor. You must feel the stretch transfer to the lower part of your calf. Keep the knee bent and heel flat on the floor. Hold for 30 seconds. Change legs, and repeat several times. Your body should build a diagonal line from head to foot.

This is an excellent stretch for the calf muscle that you must do at the end of any strenuous activity specially involving your legs- like walk, jog, run etc. this helps your to avoid injuries and prevent post exercise soreness.

Shapely legs are woman’s assets. We have to workout regularly and religiously to get the desired shape and tone of the muscle. If you are fond of wearing skirts and heels to show your shapely legs, make sure you exercise your calf muscles regularly and then enjoy all the attention that you will get and deserve.

Written by kiransawhney

June 12, 2008 at 6:40 am