Fit for Flats
Fashionistas know that a quick fix to making your calves look more defined is to throw on a pair of sky-high heels... this creates an instantaneous improvement in appearance and tone in the calves. But what about keeping that defined look in your calves while wearing one of this season’s hottest trends- the espadrille? With espadrilles and flats becoming more and more popular in ways that we couldn't have ever imagined, even asserting themselves in our going out on the town wardrobe, wouldn't it be nice to have the same glistening toned calves without teetering in a 6 inch pair of heels?
To get those eye-catching Barre defined calves, Ms Fit is sharing some safe, quick and effective moves to help you get those long lean curves of a dancer’s calves. And, to get you started on your collection of this spring's hottest espadrilles, browse through our picks of must-have espadrilles.
MsFit Challenge~ We would love to see YOUR espadrilles on MsFit. Post a pic on Instagram or Facebook of your favorite pair and tag #msfitforsociety. Looking forward to seeing your fitness and fashion come to us!
How to get it: Heel Lifts
And don't forget to check out our VIDEO tutorial here...
1) Standing facing a barre or sturdy chair or surface that is sturdy enough to use for balance
2) As you are facing the barre or chair, bring your body just about 6-8 inches away from the barre or chair. Finger tips lightly placed onto the bar.
3) While facing the bar, stand with your feet hip distance and parallel to the bar. Bring your heels together and toes apart to make a V shape with your feet (like "first position" in ballet). Toes should be just about 3 inches apart. Squeeze your heels together, grip your seat to engage your glutes, pull your abdominals in, while keeping the spine long, standing tall (think long dancer necks), start to lift and lower heels up and down. Even as you lift keep your heels glued together. 10-20 reps. For more of a challenge, release one or both arms over head and keep lifting heels.
4) For even more of a challenge and to tone even more of your legs, step your feet further apart into a wide ballet "second position". Look down to make sure that your feet are further than hip distance apart. We are adding on with "second position" to start to engage, strengthen and elongate the quadriceps, glutes, and inner and outer thighs. Once again, start to lift and lower heels about 20-30 repetitions.
To make this exercise even more challenging. Lower heels. Keep your feet flat, stay in a wide second position. Drop your tailbone, bend your knees slightly. From your lower point, start to just pulse down an inch and up an inch. Option to raise one or both hands over head.
The higher the heels, the closer to perfection!