If you've got trouble keeping the fat off of your legs and hips, you are not alone. This has always been a trouble area for many women. Hours of sitting behind a desk or the steering wheel can wreak havoc on our legs.
However, taking the time to perform a few simple leg exercises at home 2-3 days a week can give you sexy, toned legs at any age. Your legs are one of the easiest parts of your body to tone.
They respond very well to exercise, so your efforts will be rewarded quickly. And, as an added bonus, you will burn a lot of calories.
Since your legs are comprised of the largest muscle groups, just moving them requires a significant amount of energy; so, a workout focusing on them will not only give you sleek, shapely legs, but it can also help you meet your weight loss goals.
These squats mainly target your quad muscles, but they do an effective job of activating almost every muscle in the lower body.
Try and do 10-12 reps
This exercise will work your hamstrings and glutes, and provide a great stretch for the back of your legs.
For an added challenge, extend one leg behind you as you bend forward. Your body should form a straight line parallel to the floor from your head to the heel of your lifted leg. Return to start and repeat on other side.
Dumbbell Front Squat
As far as doing leg exercises at home, squats are one of the best leg toning exercises available to you, They burn a ton of calories and are an excellent exercise for the whole body. While regular squats will reap great results, you can increase the intensity by holding weights.
This ballet move is a great lower body exercise that works the inner and outer thighs, quads, hips, glutes, and calves (when a toe raise is added).
The side leg raise works the hip abductor muscles which are responsible for moving the thigh to the side of your body.
Strengthening this muscle group will make your movements easier and more efficient. This exercise will also be helpful for keeping your hips toned.
Standing Heel Raise
This is a simple exercise that can help to keep your calf muscles in proportion with your other leg muscles.
As women, we lead very busy lives, so it can be hard to find the time to exercise. These relatively simple exercises don't require expensive equipment and can be done right in your living room or bedroom. Taking the time to do these leg exercises at home can hopefully give you the set of legs you always dreamed of.
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