One of the best workout tips for making exercises more challenging is to get up on your toes!
Doing exercises on your tiptoes really works your calf muscles, and you’ll also have to work extra hard to keep your balance. Here are a few exercises to try doing on your toes:
Let’s start with the basics. For this exercise, just stand straight with your feet a few inches apart and raise up on your toes slowly (don’t pop up). If you’re holding weights, do 15 reps. If not, aim for 30. You can also try doing one-legged calf raises and standing on a step with your heels hanging off to get a greater range of motion.
Walking Lunge with Toe Raise
One of my favorite workout tips is to see how many different ways you can twist the classics. For this exercise, you’ll start out doing a normal lunge. Step your right foot forward and lunge down. Now bring your left knee up to your chest as you rise up on your right toe. Bring your left leg down in the lunge position and repeat on the opposite side. Do these walking lunges across the room until you’ve done 10 on each side.
Diamond Side Steps
This is one of the Brazilian butt lift exercises that Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio does. Get up on your toes and put your heels together with your knees bent so that your legs make a diamond shape. You’ll want to hold your arms out to the side so that you can keep your balance. Now take three side steps to the right, keeping your knees bent and staying on your toes. You’ll want your heels to almost touch whenever you step your feet back together. Take three steps to the left, and keep going back and forth for at least 30 seconds.
Plie squats with tiptoes
Get in a wide squat position with your feet pointed outward at a 45-degree angle or higher. Hold you arms out to the side for balance. Now squat down. While you’re still in the squat position, slowly come up on your tiptoes. Hold for one count and come back down. You can also do a variation where you alternate coming up on your right and left toes. Do 10 reps of each exercise.
Jumping rope is one of the easiest ways to get on your toes. Start out by trying to jump without stopping for one minute. You can gradually increase the amount of time you jump, and you can start adding one-legged jumps to your routine.
If you want to try these exercises, don’t do them all at once being on your toes that much will be too hard on your ankles and feet. Just try adding one or two exercises to your normal workout routine.