Good looking legs signal your overall commitment to fitness. They convey that you are not only training muscles that are visible but also those that are hidden. If you are soon to leave for a beautiful beach destination or you want to look good in shorts, we have you covered with some simple workout techniques you can start from today itself! Read on to know more.
1. Squats :
Squats are one of the best exercises for the lower body. You might rarely know any person who does not know about squats as they’ve grown popular ever since ‘toned butts’ have gained importance. They target your core muscles, thighs and glutes and calves.
Method: Stand straight with legs at shoulder length. Stretch your arms ahead of you and drive your hips backward, in a motion as if you were to sit on a chair. Keep your shins vertical and bend your knees according to your capacity. Do not let your knees venture ahead of your toes. Go up and repeat.
2. Jumping jacks :
They are a set of fun and high intensity cardio workouts. Along with making your heart healthier, they also tone your legs by targeting your glutes, calves and quadriceps.
Method: Stand straight with hands on sides. Now you have to perform two actions together, first raise your hands from the sides to above your head. Second, jump and move your legs towards the sides as your hands are reaching up. Now bring your hands and legs back to the first position and repeat the process.
3. Lunges :
Lunges can be done in a forward or a backward format. They help in muscle stabilization and help gain more balance. They target the glutes, quads and hamstrings.
Method: Stand straight with legs beneath your shoulders. Then place your right leg forward without moving your left leg and lower the body, locking the knees at right angles. Go back to the first position and repeat the same with the left foot.
4. Step-ups :
Step-up is the easiest exercise in this list but very tiring simultaneously. It also acts as a good cardio regime and people are well versed with it. It targets the calves, hamstrings and glutes.
Method: Keep a bench or a small stool in front of you. Keeping your body straight, step up on the bench with your left foot first and get down. Then use your right foot first and repeat the procedure.
5. Skipping :
Skipping is a high intensity cardio workout that benefits the entire body. The muscles used fully are the leg muscles and hence, it does a good job at toning them. Skipping helps in calming the mind and gaining agility. Boxers use them for the same purpose.
Method: You will need a skipping rope. Stand holding the ends of the rope with it being placed behind your body. Now move it over your head and pass it below your legs as you jump over it in a circular motion. Make your jump count reach 50, in case you’re a beginner. Increase the count eventually.