Genetics plays a big role in whether men have big or small calves, but that doesn’t mean men shouldn’t double up on leg day! Calf implants have become an increasingly popular option for insecure guys getting ready for shorts season! It’s no secret that men have been concerned about their calf size since the American Colonial era. The Founding Fathers were obsessed with having thick, large calves that showed off their short pants all the time.Today’s heirs of that anxiety (“Tiger Woods” reportedly has “terrible hang-ups” about his small calf) can rest easy knowing that calf size is not a life or death issue, but can serve as a marker of certain health conditions.Health experts know more about large calves than they do small ones, but most of the results don’t bode well for skinny, little calves.It turns out that skipping leg day and staying small-calves might not be such a bad idea.
Calves correlate with overall muscle mass
The size of your calf muscles correlates with overall muscle mass throughout your body and with adequate nutrition, according to one study. Another study found that the larger the circumference of your calf, the larger your appendicular muscle (the muscles controlling your upper and lower limbs) was. Strong calves, unless they are implants, are not independent of each other and are symptoms of an overall buffer body.
Big Calves Mean Lower Stroke Risk
The bigger the calves, the smaller the stroke risk, a study of 6,265 people found. Regardless of age, sex, body mass index, and other vascular risk factors, those with bigger calves had fewer fatty deposits known as plaques built up in their arteries. This means they have a lower risk for stenosis, carotid artery disease, and strokes. Researchers suspect this may be because big calves give the body another place to store fat that could cause problems hanging out in the bloodstream. It’s not just muscle back there.
Over Time, Big Calves Shrink
Age slows down the aging process of skeletal muscles, and the same is true for big calves, according to research. The process is called sarcopenia and can begin as early as 40 years of age and progress from there. However, it is more common in older adults.The majority of calf circumference loss studies focus on older adults, which may be due to the fact that they experience the greatest amount of shrinkage. However, it is important for fathers to keep an eye on their calves from a young age, as exercise can help compensate for age related muscle loss and its associated health issues. And if it makes them look better in a pair of cargo shorts while they’re at it, that’s a bonus.
Small Calves Mean a Higher Resting Heart Rate
According to a small study, people with smaller calves tend to have higher resting heart rates. A high resting heart rate (anything over 100 beats per minute) has been associated with a higher risk of death, regardless of fitness level. However, low resting heart rates can lead to fainting, and even the strongest legs can’t stop you from falling.
Here is the Calf Muscle Check List:
- Exercise early and often.
- Exercising can help compensate for age-related loss of muscle in the calves.
- Do calf raises when walking on stairs. Avoid overdoing it. Strong calves are good, but very large ones are a bit of a surprise.
- Calves are linked to heart health, stroke risk, and overall muscle mass.
- Genetics play a role in the size of your calves.