Standing all day not only causes pain but it also stops you from achieving more toned and lean legs. On the contrary, fitness experts say that standing is one way to get more defined legs. There is a difference between exercising and being on your feet all day. Yes, both are equally important. Being active keeps your body moving but a higher intensity of leg exercises makes your muscles toned and strong.
This simple leg toning program doesn't require any equipment and can shape your legs in no time! Do these exercises through out the day, it doesn't have to be all in one go. It's best to perform this program at least two to three times a week.
- Squats. With your feet apart and looking straight ahead, slowly do a squat position. Hold for two seconds and return to starting position. Repeat 10 to 15 times.
- Watch your step. Take an incomplete step with your right foot. Allow it to hang over the floor. Take a deep breath and hold for 15 to 30 seconds. Keep your foot down. Complete 6 to 10 steps moving forward and then switch legs.
- Backward lunge. Keeping your hands on hips while standing, take a long step backward. Make sure you land on the ball of the foot. Look straight ahead and bend your knee without bending your back. Return to standing position. Repeat this 10 times and then switch legs.
- Pick up an object with one leg. Here's a tricky one. Keep something small on the floor. Stand on one leg, bend over and pick it up. Don't rush in straightening your back. Make sure your foot doesn't touch the floor while standing up again. Having the object on your hand, bend over once again to keep it down on the floor. Keep doing this until the suspended leg is fatigued. Switch legs.
- Single-leg standing calf raise. Keep your back straight against a wall, counter top or desk. Cross one foot behind the other ankle. Slowly, stand on your toes and pause for two seconds. Return to standing position. Repeat 12 to 15 times then switch legs
These simple exercises will not only strengthen your legs, but it will also make them look more attractive and ready for show off. It is also a way to increase blood circulation to maintain your body's overall health and function.
About the Author: Alice Burron is an affiliate spokesperson and highly successful personal trainer for the American Council on Exercise. She earned a master’s in physical education with an emphasis in exercise physiology from the University of Wyoming and is a leading national fitness and wellness program expert.
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