By Kanika Kothari Last Updated:
When you think about beauty and looks, we indulge in a variety of detox diets and beauty treatments. But what about your legs that carry you around the whole day and in those high heels? Aren't they supposed to look slim and toned? Regardless of whether you like wearing shorts dresses, hot pants or bikini, toned legs always look good and add to the personality. And yes, they do deserve all kind of attention too!
If you haven't thought about this before, it's time you gear up for some easy and fun exercises that work exclusively on your legs.
Strength training or resistance exercises are good for a faster toning. Such exercises boost your strength and metabolism very effectively. Usually, women steer clear of strength training for the scare of building muscle mass, but if performed properly, they can be good for your legs. Resistance exercises help to burn calories, lose body fat, and even help to boost your mood.
Some of the greatest exercises are squats and presses. Do a set of squats for at least 10 minutes a day. For better and speedier results, you may hold dumbbells while doing squats. Squats help you achieve a tighter butt along with slimmer legs.
Thighs are an area where most cellulite tends to accumulate. To attack this area, lie on your back and raise your legs up, one at a time. You can start with a set of 20 leg lifts, followed by 2 repetitions every day. You can also do a few sets by lifting both the legs together. This exercise will help to strengthen your leg muscles, as well as burn a really good amount of calories.
This is a simple yet effective exercise. Stand straight, lift your heels off the ground while standing on your toes. Lift both the heels at the same time. Hold this position for a few seconds, before bringing the heels down to the ground. Do this exercise for about 10 minutes at a stretch, on a daily basis. This exercise is also known as ballerina move. This is the best exercise for toning up your calf muscles.
Cycling is a very good exercise for your legs. So, take out your cycle and get going! But, if you do not have a cycle then you can also try cycling in the air in the comfort of your home. Just lie down on your back and pretend to cycle with your legs in the air. Do this for a few minutes every day. You can also increase the speed according to your strength.
Well, if you don’t feel like doing anything else, then just jump. Either do simple jumps for a few minutes or jump using a skipping rope. Skipping helps to tone up the muscles in your legs. This helps to tone your upper as well as lower body. Jumping also helps to tighten your butt and calf muscles.
Keep a careful check on what you eat. Cut carbohydrates and fats from your diet. Increase proteins and fibres. Keep away from junk food and aerated drinks that are notorious for increasing calories in your body. Always remember, what you eat shows on your skin and body, so steer clear of all unhealthy junk foods.
Finally, remember that toning is not synonymous with losing weight. Excessive weight loss exercises or crash diet regimes may not lead to shapely legs. It is best to include these easy exercises in your everyday routine, along with a proper diet. Stay tuned with us to know more about other easy fitness regimes to tone your body.
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