When working on getting a fit body, most of us aim to shed pounds from tummy, or get toned up upper bod.
If you are aiming to get a toned up body, you must not ignore your legs. . Toned up legs not look great aesthetically but also strengthen your complete body. Exercising of legs is also necessary to lose weight and to prevent leg injuries. Scroll over as we share 4 easy to follow leg movements that you can follow at the comfort of your home to get slim and shaped legs:
1. High Knee Exercise
This exercise burns fat, improves your balance and metabolism and targets your buttocks, thighs and calves. To do this exercise stand straight with your feet shoulder width apart. Lift your left leg up towards your upper body and bring your knee to your chest. You’re your pelvis stationary and ensure that you do not arch your back. Hold the position for 1 to 2 seconds and return back to starting position. Repeat the move on the other right leg. Continue the move with alternate legs with 20 reps on each leg.
2. Deep Squats
This exercise works on your leg muscles and activates glute musclesSquats work on your hamstrings, quadriceps and calves. Deep full squats are said to be far better than the parallel squats.
Although you may find it difficult to your buttocks lower than your knees however once you practice you can perform the move correctly. To do the squats properly ensure that your feet is flat on the floor and your hips and buttocks go low enough so that you are in crouching position. Full squats strengthen your ligaments and improve upon your hips and ankles.
3. Lateral Leg Raises
This move uses multiple muscle groups and strengthens your legsTo do these exercises lie down on exercise mat on the left side of your body. Ensure your back is line with your legs and keep your core muscles engaged. Raise your right leg to 45 degrees and hold the position for 1 to 2 second and return back to starting position and repeat.
Follow 15 reps on each leg. To increase the challenge you can do same exercise while standing as well. To do this move while standing stand up straight with your back straight and knees slightly bent. Raise your left foot off the floor towards your side and bring it to 45 degrees. Return back to starting position and repeat on the right leg.
4. Inner Thigh Lifts
Inner thigh lifts tone up your legs and strengthen your inner thigh musclesLie down on the right side of body and get your back in straight line with your legs. Prop your head and let it rest on your right hand. Bend your left leg and cross it over the right leg.
Keep your torso steady and engage your inner thighs. Ensure that you do not move your back while doing this exercise. To add variation you can also keep your leg slightly raised or rotate clockwise and anti-clockwise.