Most women with great legs will swear by their exercise programs. And while there are many cellulite cream ads which promise great results, these creams only provide a temporary solution. That is why following a proper exercise routine becomes essential.
One cannot get great legs without hard work–and though it might take a lot of hard work to achieve the desired results, it is not impossible. It is important that you keep your legs active all the time. One need not hit the gym for strenuous workouts for the same, but adopting certain simple steps can help you get started. For example, choosing to climb the stairs instead of using the elevator, walking small distances, cycling around town for errands, and swimming are some ways in which one can keep their legs active, and bring in a great workout at the same time.
Exercises to Follow
Other than adopting simple steps like those mentioned above, one can make use of a proper exercise routine. The exercises included in this routine have been listed below. Begin with one set initially and slowly progress to 3 sets of each.
Squats: The squats work the quads, hips, and buttocks. Take a sturdy chair and stand backing it, about one foot away. Keep a shoulder width distance between both your legs, and balance your weight evenly on both legs. Bend your knees slightly before you squat. Remember to check that your knees do not go beyond your toes. Squat to the height of the chair seat, as though you are about to sit down. Hold the position for a couple of breaths, and slowly come up. While coming back to the original position, squeeze your buttocks and stand up straight. Do 10-12 repetitions of this exercise.
Inner Thigh Squats: Stand straight with a shoulder width distance between your legs. Turn the toes in opposite directions i.e. the left toes should be facing the left and the right toes should be facing the right. Stretch your arms out and keep them at shoulder level. Slowly lower your torso till your thighs are parallel to the ground. Hold the position for a couple of breaths. Come back to the standing position. Repeat this exercise 10-12 times.
Lunges: This exercise will tone your thighs. Stand straight with both legs in line with each other. Then move your left leg behind the right with a 3 foot distance between the legs. Bend your right knee and straighten your left leg, then slowly lower your body to the ground. The right thigh should be parallel to the floor. Do not touch your left knee to the ground. Keep your back straight and take care that the right knee does not go beyond the right toes. Now come up and repeat this exercise 12-15 times. Change sides and repeat on the other side 12-15 times.
Calf Raises: Stand on a step or stair and let a part of your heels hang in the air. Let your complete weight be on the balls of your feet. Now slowly raise yourself while balancing your weight on the balls of your feet. If you are unable to balance, take the help of the wall. Hold for a couple of seconds and come back to the original position. Repeat this exercise 18-20 times.
Knee Ups: This is a very good exercise for your hip flexors, quads, thighs and pelvic muscles. Stand straight with your feet close to one another. Lift your left knee till your thigh is parallel to the ground and flex your feet. Bring your foot down and repeat 10-12 times. Change sides and repeat.
Along with doing these exercises, it is also important that you keep a low fat diet. Choose a high fiber diet that is rich in proteins. Drinking 6-8 glasses of water will flush out the toxins from your body and further help the cause.