Slim, toned, sexy legs look great in a pair of shorts and cut a fine silhouette in pants. Everyone knows the value of slim legs, but not everyone knows the secrets to getting them.
The key to slim legs involves a controlled diet and targeted exercise. You can look up great diet plans all over the web, so this article will focus on the exercises needed to slim and tone legs.
Running is a fabulous way to lose weight and size. Serious weightlifters who want massive muscle bulk never run. If you want to look the opposite of Mr. Olympia, hit the trails. 30 minutes of running three or more days a week will do wonders in slimming down your legs.
Swimming provides a fabulous total-body workout that blasts calories without jarring joints. If you can’t swim, then grab a kickboard and kick your way to slim legs. Alternate trips down the pool with the scissor kick, dolphin kick, and the breaststroke kick. Try to kick at least 500 meters in the pool, which makes for 20 times touching a wall (in a 25 meter pool). You will quickly find yourself out of breath, but your legs will get an all-over tone as they fight the 360-degree resistance of water.
BODY-WEIGHT LOWER-BODY EXERCISES
These exercises will help you blast calories and tone your muscles without adding bulk. Your legs will look more lean, toned and slim if you do 20 minutes of body-weight training three times a week.
Walking Lunge: Stand in front of at least 30 feet of clear, level ground. Take a big step forward with your left leg. Lower your body until your left thigh is parallel to the ground, and your shoulders, hips, and right knee form a vertical line. Use your left leg to stand up, and bring your right foot forward and ahead in another big step. Lower your body until your right thigh is parallel to the ground, and your shoulders, hips, and left knee are in a vertical line. Continue alternating legs until you run out of space or start to lose form, whichever occurs first.
Plie-Squat: Stand with your feet more than shoulder width apart, with toes pointing out at a 45 degree angle. Put your hands on your hips and squat until your thighs are almost parallel to the ground, then squeeze your rear and lift back up into the standing position. Repeat until your legs burn.
The keys to slim legs are: controlled diet; exercise; and body-weight resistance. If you follow a sensible diet low in carbohydrates and refined sugars, while getting regular exercise by running or kicking in the pool, followed by toning exercises to shape your legs, you will soon have legs that everyone you know envies.