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Exercise and Fitness: Questions & Answers

Gina Jackson - Fitness Trainer
Vital Health Zone is proud to announce Gina Jackson, who is our resident exercise and fitness expert and who is available to answer all your questions about exercising and fitness. Gina has a private practice and is available for consultation.

Gina answers all your exercise and fitness questions below:

Q: My body is quite disproportional. I have very skinny arms, a thin stomach/waist/hip area, normal thighs and heavy calves. How do I lose weight on my legs (mostly calves) without losing weight anywhere else?


A: As much as we would like to spot reduce the weight and fat in our bodies, it really isn't possible to accomplish. Your question is an interesting one, as most people want to build and strengthen their calves, which support the ankles and help define and compliment the curves of the legs.

Calf work, inclusive of stretching the fully belly of the muscle - from the origin at the knee to the insertion at the soleus - will elongate the muscle and help to define the leg. My advise is to work your legs with lunges and calf raises to define, strengthen and build the muscle. These should be followed by stretching them to lengthen the muscle.

Lastly, be conscious of your salt intake, which for many may result in the body holding water which may collect around the ankles and calves.


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