If you’re looking to build some muscle or simply tone your legs before the summer season, odds are you’ve probably thought about joining a local gym. Whether you work at home or simply can’t find the time for a proper workout routine, try some of these simple exercises at home. This way, you can work at your own pace and fit in an exercise when you have the time.
Quads are located on the upper half of the leg, and can often be the most difficult part of the body to tone. Simple but effective quad exercises include squats and lunges. To perform a proper squat, stand with feet shoulder-width apart and extend the arms. Squat as if you’re about to sit on a chair, using the muscles from your upper thighs and keep your weight in your heels.
Lunge exercises generally target the upper thighs and buttocks, by strengthening core muscles and using the entire body as resistance. Include lunges in your warm-up exercise if you are preparing an extended workout. Stand up straight with your legs hip-width apart, and hands on your hips. Extend your left foot forward and raise your heel, before bending both knees at a 90º angle.
Not only will toe touches help to increase flexibility in the body, but are a great warm-up exercise if you’re incorporating this routine into your workout. Simply put your feet together then bend at the waist and allow arms and hands to hang naturally. Then stretch as far as you can by keeping your legs straight.
This exercise is typically used to build isometric strength and target the core muscles, glutes and calves. Push your back firmly against a wall, then slide down into a sitting position. Extend the arms out for extra stability and make sure the knees and feet are aligned for a perfect technique.
Yes, jumping jacks are very effective to warm-up the entire body and tone legs without much endurance. Think about the amount of times you have to jump up and down before getting tired.
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