Is there anything sexier than toned legs? As waves of heat blaze across the country, shorts, dresses, and skirts have become a must. With a few easy moves you can tone them up in no time (just be prepared for lots of staring).
1. Toned Legs: Lunges
Lunges are a great way to tone your legs and butt! Start with your legs and feet together while holding 5 to 10 pound weights in each hand (weights are optional). Take a large step forward and make sure your knee is not over your toes (your leg should be at a 90 degree angle). Then slowly push back to your starting position and repeat. Start with 10 to 15 reps on each leg.
2. Toned Legs: Squats
Ever feel like you have thunder thighs? Squats are a great way to change that! Start with your legs shoulder width apart. Keep your abs tight and slowly bend at the knee while lowering your body as if you were sitting in a chair. Like lunges, make sure your knees are not over your toes. Hold the seating position for a couple of seconds, and then slowly move back to starting position and repeat. Start with 15 to 20 reps and move up to 30.
3. Toned Legs: Side Kicks
Side kicks are a great way to tone your entire leg, plus it’s great cardio! Start with your legs shoulder width apart. Shift your body weight to your left side and slightly bend your left knee. Place your left hand on your hip for support or hold a chair for balance if needed. With all your weight on your left leg, kick your right leg up towards the ceiling. Try for at least 10 kicks on each side- or 15 if you’re in a fighting mood.
4. Toned Legs: Rear Lifts
Everybody likes a toned backside! Rear lifts are a great way to tighten and lift that booty. Start with both your hands and knees on the floor. Straighten just your right leg, so your body is in a straight line from head to toe (this is your starting position). Gently lift your leg up towards the ceiling and slowly bring it back to starting position. Try for 20 reps on each leg or until you feel the burn.
5. Toned Legs: Calf Raises
Most people tend to forget about the calf muscle when they are toning their legs, but trust us, toned calves look amazing in dresses and especially in heels! Start with your feet together and your hands on your hips. Slowly move up to your tippy toes, and then slowly move down (as if you are pulsing up and down). Repeat for at least 10 times, and make sure to stretch those calves afterwards.