A great toning exercise is a standing calf raise. So, basically, you can use dumbbells or you can just use nothing. If you want to, you can put your hands on your hips, put them behind your head. Or, if you're against a wall, you can use a wall or a chair for stability.
So, basically, you're going to have hands by your side if you're using dumbbells, and you're going to lift up onto the balls of your feet. So, lift up, squeeze the calves, and down. So, make sure while you're doing this that you're keeping your shoulders back, your core is tight, and you're standing straight, nice and tall. Alright.
We don't want any rounding. We want to come up, hold for about one, two seconds, and then just come down. We're doing this for about 15 to 20 reps, and by the time you hit 15 you should definitely be feeling a burn. And when you do this, I would do probably two to three sets of 12 to 15 reps. If you go up to 20 and feel the burn, that's even better.
Another variation of the standing calf raise is if you have a box at home or a step, you could even use the stairs. Basically, you get even more of a full range of motion if you're standing on a step. So, as you come up on a step, you come down and your heels are slightly going to go lower than the floor. So, that gives you even more of an angle to come up and more of a squeeze. So, you can add that. It just makes it more advanced.
So, up and down, just like that. But you can use a step or a box or whatever you have at home, or at the gym. And it just makes it even more advanced so you get even more of a burn. And there you go. That's a great toning exercise called the standing calf raise.