Before women watched the movie “Shallow Hal,” many of us wondered if there was a name for those so-called thick ankle. We’ve heard the terms for other not-so-lean areas of our bodies such as muffin top, chicken wing, and love handle, but what about those chunky ankle? Women have tried countless ways to hide their growing ankle, from longer dresses to higher heels, but nothing seemed to give us the illusion of ankles like Christie Brinkley. When “Shallow Hal” arrived on the silver screen in 2001, at least one of our questions was answered. Yes, there was a name for calves that attached directly to the ankles, and that was the word “cankle.” Now that they have been given a name, it’s time to get rid of that lovely cankle. So does anything work? Thankfully, here are some tips and strategies that can make a difference.
Watch what you eat. Honestly, that slice of pizza will not go directly to your ankle, but if eaten often enough it can make a difference in the appearance of your cankle. Consistently eating high-fat, high-calorie foods will increase your body-fat percentage all over, including your already larger-than-life ankles. Watch what you eat, keep your calorie intake at a normal level, and avoid overindulging. Believe it or not, this can stop your cankle from spreading.
Lose weight. First, we need to dispel the myth that all women with cankles have a weight problem. This is just not true, but most of them can lose a few extra pounds. So, if you find yourself in the latter category, you may want to focus on getting that extra weight off healthfully and as soon as possible. Though your cankle may not disappear all together, it will definitely help them slim down a bit.
Don’t be afraid to sweat. A great way to get your metabolism up and burn some calories is to break a sweat. Whether it be in a formal exercise class, cleaning the floors or dancing around the house in your underwear, it is important to get moving. If you break a sweat on a daily basis, you will lower your body-fat percentage and firm up all over. Yes, I repeat: all over. So, get that body moving so that cankle fat can be a thing of the past!
Consult a professional. Have you tried what seems like everything, but that cankle just doesn’t seem to be disappearing? It may be time to call in the big guns. A certified personal trainer can show you specific exercises such as lunges, calf raises, and squats that are designed for that problem area. It is important that you speak with a professional first so they can show you the proper way to perform these exercises. This will help you obtain the most from your efforts without hurting yourself in the process.
So there you have it, some great ideas to combat those annoying cankles. It is important to stay focused and motivated and not get discouraged. Strappy sandals and shorts are possible, so don’t let your cankle on your ankle get you down. Eat right, break a sweat, lose weight, and remember to exercise. Yes, cankle can be just a bad dream and thing of the past.