There’s nothing sexier than showing off a little leg in the summer. But if you’ve been hiding your pins behind maxi dresses and jeans, here’s how to tone, firm and turn your legs into your favourite feature.
Tip 1: Make lateral movements your mate
If your trainer isn’t tormenting you with lateral movements find a new one. Immediately. Moves with funky names like reverse crossover lunges, toe squats and single leg deadlifts shape and tone your inner thighs and bum, making your limbs look long, lean and toned.
Tip 2: Go upside down
The power of yoga goes far beyond bendy limbs and a calm mind, it’s also ace at influencing every system in your body – especially when you go upside down. Inversions are said to work on your cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous and endocrine systems simultaneously, increasing circulation from your head to your feet, removing toxins and waste products, strengthening your immune systems and increasing vitality. How does this affect your legs? It gives them a break, allows blood to flow more freely and removes toxic buildup.
Tip 3: Boost circulation
Your legs are considered your second heart, cleverly pumping blood through your veins back up the body and defying gravity. How exhausting. Give them a helping hand with Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS), which helps boost your circulation, reduce swelling (no cankles here) and alleviate foot aches. Looking for a product? Try Revitive LV, $229.
Tip 4: Turn work into a work out
Whack in the headphones at work and listen to some up tempo music – it’s guaranteed to have you tapping your toes under your desk in no time. You’d be surprised how gentle foot and calf exercises underneath your desk like foot pumps and calf stretches can do for lean looking legs.
Tip 5: Get ‘appy’
Wear a pedometer – or download one of the many pedometer apps – and set yourself a daily step target. Try and increase your steps weekly for maximum results. Incorporate some light cardio style exercise into your daily routine such as going for a walk at lunchtime or taking the stairs instead of the lift, try parking the car further away or if you catch public transport get off one stop early and walk the rest of the way.
What are your favourite exercises for toned legs? Tell us in the comments.