Most people usually focus on strengthening and toning the upper body part and the abdominal area, but having strong, flexible, and toned legs is something you should aim at too.
Strong legs look amazing and boost the endurance that is much-needed during the day of working and running errands. Moreover, leg exercises prevent injuries and play a huge role in weight loss.
If you are a beginner, we recommend you to compile a short workout set out of the following exercises, and try them out. They take only a few minutes before bedtime but offer fantastic effects.
Here is how to get started:
High knee exercises
Start with this exercise to tone the buttocks, calves, and core, improve your balance, burn calories, and boost metabolism.
Stand with the legs about shoulder-width apart, and raise one leg. Bring the knee up towards the chest, hold for a few seconds, and lower it to the floor.
Then, repeat with the second leg, and move back and forth between the right and left side. While trying to maintain the balance on the standing leg, you will tone its calf, quadriceps, hamstrings and buttock muscles.
This move will tone the inner- and outer-thigh muscles in a short time.
Start standing with the hands on the hips, the heels pressed together, while the toes should be rotated out to the sides. Then, step the left foot out into a deep “plie”: bend the knees out over the toes, lowering the body straight down to the floor.
The back should remain straight. Then, rise up out of the plie, and slide the left heel back in towards the right, straightening the legs. Return to the starting position, and repeat with the other leg.
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