Rankled by cankles? Help is on the way, maybe

Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:21am EDT
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - The well-turned ankle has been a mark of beauty since those olden days when a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking.

So it was only a matter of time before the shape-challenged ankle, dubbed the cankle, claimed its unsightly place beside the muffin top, the love handle, and the saddlebag as the latest fly in beauty's ointment.

"When the calf merges with the ankle, with no clear separation between the two, the cankle is born," L.A.-based celebrity trainer Ramona Braganza said in an interview.

Braganza has guided the workouts of such slim-legged luminaries as actresses Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, and Anne Hathaway.

Now she is on a mission to "turn cankles back into ankles."

Braganza is offering what she calls a Cankle Buster Workout, designed to rid the stricken of mother nature's latest little prank.

"I found that when you combine cardio, stretching and plyometrics movements (jumping), and combine them with weight training, you get a synergistic, cankle blasting workout," she explained.

Her program includes daily 30-60-minute brisk walks, as well as a series of squat and lateral jumps, ankle circles, calf raises and downward dog yoga poses.   Continued...