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Best Exercises for Slimmer Legs

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Feeling frustrated that you can’t fit into that nice pair of tight jeans or pull off that hot miniskirt? Maybe it’s time that you seriously think about making your legs slimmer and your butt firmer.

Below are some of the most effective exercises for sculpting your legs, including most especially your thighs and buttocks. Do take note that these exercises won’t give you the gams of the leggiest supermodel there is, but they can help you improve what your parents gave you. With patience and determination, you’ll own a pair of legs that you can proudly flaunt.

Read on to get started!

 

Sumo Squats

Stand up straight with your legs apart, just a tad more than shoulder-width. Check that both your feet are pointed outwards at a 45-degree angle. Now gently assume a sitting position until your thighs are parallel to the floor. As you bend, you are sure to feel those hamstrings and butt muscles of yours tighten — a sign that this exercise really works!

Butt Bridges

Lie on the floor on your back. Bend your legs at a 90-degree angle and plant your feet on the ground. Try to raise your hips to the ceiling until your upper body and thighs make a straight line. Hold this pose for about 2 to 3 seconds then slowly go back to the starting position. This exercise is good for the thighs and most especially your bum.

Reverse Lunges

Tired of doing lunges? Give this traditional leg workout a little twist by doing it in reverse. Rather than lunging forwards, take a step backwards then lunge down until you are almost kneeling. Go back to the starting position and take a step backward using your other leg this time. Reverse lunges target all of your leg muscles.

Russian Leg Curls

This particular exercise is best done on a slippery floor, preferably with your socks on — you’ll see why. To get started, lie down on your back. Position your arms on each side of your body, palms facing down. Slowly lift your hips up while sliding both your feet closer to your buttocks. Slide back to starting position then repeat.

One-Legged Deadlifts

Stand up straight with your legs just slightly apart. Hold a light dumbbell or kettlebell with your left hand and place your other hand on your waist. Lean forward while lowering the weights to the floor and extending your right leg behind you. Repeat using the other hand to hold the dumbbell or kettlebell and extend the other leg.

Walk on Toes

Reach for a pair of light dumbbells and hold them at your sides. Lift your heels off the floor and walk on your toes in a straight line or in a circle for about a minute. This particular exercise targets those calf and thigh muscles. Makes your butt muscles firm too!

Goblet Squats

There are many squat exercises and the goblet squats is one of the best. Get started by having both of your hands cup the head of a light dumbbell right next to your chest. Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart. Bend on your knees and lower your buttocks until your thighs are parallel to the ground.