The BEST time of the day to exercise, is early morning. This way your body hasn’t figured out what it’s doing yet!
Seriously now, early morning exercise not only makes you feel great, it gives your metabolism a boost, helps you slim down and yes, makes you feel you’re walking on clouds all day!
Exercising doesn’t always feel like the most exciting or fulfilling task. Although some love fitness training so much they can’t imagine their life without it, not everybody share the same love and dedication for exercising. Yet we want to see results. So how can we find a compromise? Whether you’re a lazy gym-goer or simply can’t fit in the time, there’s always exercises at home to target those troublesome areas.
Leg exercises, in particular, aren’t always glamorous. Sometimes, the leg area even gets neglected as people tend to focus on what they believe others will look at the most; their stomach and upper-body area. But everyone needs good leg development for a complete body.
Not only do toned legs look good, but they’re also a source of strength and therefore shouldn’t be neglected. In addition to amazing strength ability, the legs also have lots of endurance.
Think about how often you rely on your leg muscles to get you through a day of working, completing tasks or running errands. Our legs are actually outfitted with a higher proportion of endurance muscle fibers for this very reason. As well as building leg strength, the good news is leg exercises can also play a huge role in weight loss and preventing lower-body injuries.
So, if you’re having trouble finding the motivation or time to get a good leg workout in, here are some quick and easy exercises to try at home that target the front, back, and inner thigh surface as well as having other incredible benefits! Let’s get started:
These are great to start off with. Not only does it target your upper things but it tones your core, your buttocks, your calves and can even help increase your metabolism!
- Stand with your legs about shoulder-width apart. Lifting one leg, bring your knee up towards your chest, holding for a second or two before lowering your leg back to the floor. Seems easy, right? Next, bring your opposite leg upwards in the same motion and continue to move back and forth between your right and left side. Do not arch or round your lower back and to keep your pelvis stationary as an improper form can cause back strain.
Squats are a popular exercise of choice, but many neglect the full squat for the parallel squat (where your butt goes down to being level with your knees). This exercise isn’t always easy; not everyone can get their butt lower than their knees easily or comfortably while still keeping their feet flat on the ground (which is proper position).
- In order to do a deep squat properly, your hips and butt need to go low enough so that you’re almost in a crouching position. It is also essential that your feet are flat on the floor or else the position is incorrect.
Lateral leg raises
These have great strengthening benefits. Although it appears quite easy to do, it is important to keep proper form as it’s essential to injury prevention.
- Focus on keeping that one side of your body in contact with the ground, particularly from hip to ankle.
- Rest on your elbow, but ensure your back is in line with your legs.
- When raising your leg, lateral implies movement away from the midline of the body. So, keeping your core muscles tight, lift your upper leg about 45 degrees and lower it in a controlled, smooth manner.
This can also be done standing, but lying on your side will increase ease and comfort. If you want to challenge yourself and do up-right lateral leg raises, your leg needs to move outward as opposed to when you’re lying down on your side and moving your leg upward. Stand up on your right leg with your back straight and keep your knee slightly bent. Holding your left foot a few inches off the ground, lift the leg as high as you can and work towards 45 degrees with the floor. Lower it back to the starting position and repeat. An important tip is to rest your hands on your hips or the ground (when in a lying position) to prevent your arms from becoming involved or utilized in the exercise.
Inner thigh lifts
This exercise is perfect for those looking to tone their legs.
- Staying in that lying position, make sure to start on your side, lengthening your bottom leg and crossing your top leg over the bottom one while resting either your top knee or the top of your foot on the floor.
- You can prop your head up on your hand or rest your head on your arm.
- Keeping your torso steady, concentrate on working your inner thigh while trying not to move your back during the motions. Make sure your pelvis is level and that your waist is pulling away from the floor a bit.
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