Did you know that your legs have the easiest muscles to keep in shape in your entire body? They have to be strong since they support the entire weight of your body as well as being in constant use. The problem here is that we don’t work all of the muscles equally, which is what we should do, to strengthen them and avoid injury.
For women this area can be a specific problem area, where all the treats we enjoyed come to rest. By cutting back on super-size portions and snacks you can shed the excess fat, and by following the tips below you can firm your lower-body muscles for toned, sleek legs.
1. Tighten muscles:
This is a very productive exercise, especially for those who sit much of the day, whenever stuck in traffic or sitting in front of a computer at work, tighten your thighs and bottom over and over again to firm your leg muscles and boost blood flow.
2. Early Morning Exercises:
The clam is an exercise for before you get out of bed in the morning to strengthen your inner thighs.
Lie on your back, bring your feet together, and open your knees out to the sides, then, as you exhale, lift your knees bringing them together. Lower and repeat.
3. Single-leg squat :
You can try this simple exercise whenever you feel like it, its perfect to do before bed, or as soon as you get out of the shower, it feels amazing.
Standing with your feet together and arms by your sides, shift your weight onto your right foot. Rest the toe of your left foot next to your right foot for balance. Keeping your back straight, bend at your hips and knees, and slowly sit back onto your right leg, raising your arms straight in front of you as you lower. Stop when your thighs are almost parallel to the floor, and hold for a second. Then press into your right foot through the heel and stand back up.
4. Leg lifts as you cook dinner:
Flex your foot and lift your leg out to the side, while you are cooking. Make sure you only move at the hip, not at the waist.
5. Double Leg Lift:
You can also try this exercise when you lie down in your bed. Lie on your left side with your legs stacked on top of each other. Prop yourself up on your left elbow. Rest the fingertips of your right hand in front of you for balance.
Raise your right leg about 12 inches, and then slowly raise your left leg to meet it. Hold for 2 seconds, and then lower each leg separately. Repeat.
Next time you have the vacuum and you are ready to clean house, bend your kneed and squat down as far as you comfortably can, as you shimmy from side to side. Perfect idea to burn calories and strengthen your legs.