Doesn’t having cankles suck? You can’t go to the beach unless you like wearing sweats. You can’t even wear shorts in the summer months. You’re always worried that someone is looking at them. Luckily, most forms of cankles are curable. Here are the top 3 reasons people have cankles, and how you can fix them today.

Water Retention

If your body is storing more water than it needs to, you are retaining water. This can make your ankles look puffy. A couple common reasons for retaining water are dehydration and excess sodium levels.

How Do I Fix It? Cankles Cure #1

There are a few things you can do to stop water retention.

1. You can drink water. Lots of water. The standard amount is 8 8 oz. glasses per day. The more you can get yourself to drink, the better. You should notice a difference in a day or two.

2. You can reduce your sodium intake. There is too much sodium is in pretty much everything that is packaged in any way, so prepare as many things fresh as possible.

3. You can take diuretics. Tea, coffee, cranberry juice, dandelion, and fennel are some excellent natural diuretics.

Small Calf Muscles

You may be a naturally skinny person, or you may just have smaller calves than most people. This causes your shins to blend with your ankles, causing cankles. In either case, you may want to work on building up your calf muscles.

How Do I Fix It? Cankles Cure #2

Try doing a few exercises to make your calves bigger.

Standing calf raises are a great place to start. Since you are focusing on growth, you should shoot for 2-3 sets of 8-12 reps each. And after you are done with your 8-12 reps you shouldn’t be able to do any more.

Also, don’t do this more than 3 days per week. You need to give your muscles time to repair themselves, and they can’t do that if you are working them every day.

Fat Around Your Ankles

Whether or not you are overweight, you may store fat around your ankles. Of the curable forms of cankles, this one is the toughest, but it’s definitely worth the effort.

How Do I Fix It? Cankles Cure #3

You need to focus on losing fat. Unfortunately, your body doesn’t lose fat where you want it to, it tends to disappear evenly from all parts of your body.

3 Causes of Cankles You Can Fix Fast – Finally, a Cankles Cure! by Greg Geary