5 simple exercises that are a sure fire way to sexy, toned legs by New Years Eve!
By Kristen James
The Curtsey Lunge. Stand with your feet directly under your hips, and then step back into a lunge with your right leg towards the back left corner of the room. Try this with 10-pound dumbbells in your hands for 3 sets of 12-reps. Or, if you’re at home, go for two sets of 20 reps and feel the burn! Curtsey Lunges will target that tough-to-get spot on the outside of your thigh where cellulite tends to live!
Kick Back Squats. Sit back into a squat with your chest lifted and hips shifted back. As you stand, extend one leg back behind you before repeating, extending the opposite leg. Instead of weights, reach your arms overhead to create a long line with your body from your fingertips to your toes. This will not only help tighten your glutes but also keep your legs long, like a dancer’s!
Unilateral Deadlift. Start with your feet together, standing up straight. As you extend one leg behind you, dive forward so your body forms a 90-degree angle. Balancing will be tricky at first, but add an 8-pound weight for some guidance and resistance. If you’re a home, take a gallon of milk out of your fridge and hold on! Hinging at the hip like this will be a guaranteed way to lift and tighten your glutes in no time. Do three sets of 12 reps on each leg.
Cross Over Front Lunge. Stand with both feet together before stepping back into a lunge position with your right leg back. As you lunge down, reach with your right hand to the outside of your left ankle. Return back up to a standing position. In the gym? Try this holding onto a kettlebell! At home? Grab a jug of laundry detergent to hold, and start lunging today!
The Side Step. Stand with your feet together before stepping out to one side and into a deep lunge, allowing your opposite hand to touch the floor. Be sure to engage your core and embrace your abdominals. Alternate legs for 30-seconds! Make sure you improve by counting how many you can do in 30-seconds and aim to add 4 lunges to your time each week.