Strengthening Your Lower Body: Tips for Lean Legs
Who doesnít want a pair of perfectly-shaped legs? You
get a lot more opportunities to show off sexy legs than your abs or chest.
Great legs require a combination of low body fat and toned muscles. Sure, it
takes a good deal of work to shape up your legs, but the end result is totally
Make sure to work your lower body
Did you know that the lower body is the easiest place
to build calorie-torching muscle quickly? There are more than 200 muscles below
the waist, including the largest one in the body, the gluteus maximus. So all
you need to do is get off your glutes and let your lower body do the work. For
example, stand on one legwhen doing shoulder presses, or perform squats while
doing bicep curls.
Be true to your core muscles
You have probably heard a lot about how vital core
training is for your body, but did you know that itís impossible to work on
your core without working on your legs too? So skip those standard crunches and
accelerate your results with the right core training. Every workout should
include your legs and core.
Start with your weaker side
It is important to work your weaker side, which for
most of us is the left. When youíre feeling fresh, you tend to use better form
and do more repetitions, and you can get a fresh burst of energy by switching
sides. If you get in the habit of starting with your weaker side, you will
improve your balance and end up with a more complete workout.
Lunge like youíre a ballet dancer
Lunges are undoubtedly one of the best toning
exercises,in particular ballet-inspired lunges. With this exercise, you will
see results in no time. Start by putting one leg in front
of the other both heels are on the ground. Now lift both heels from the floor
and gradually lunge down. For one rep, do 10 small pulses, then switch legs and
So, if you want shapely legs that you can flaunt on
any occasion, try following the above steps, which can tone and strengthen your
entire lower body. Learn more at fitnessgoals.
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