10 Fat-Torching Leg Exercises for Shapely and Well-Toned Legs
Scissors is a very easy and helpful exercise which can build up hip flexors and tone your abdominal muscles. There is a beginner level exercise and it can go up to very advanced levels. You have to lie on your back and keep your legs raised up such that you can see your feet without lifting your head. Keep your arms below your head for support. Your body should make a 45-degree angle with your legs when it is raised.
Try releasing one of your legs when it raised and make it go a bit higher and then cross it with the other leg. Perform 3 sets with 12-15 reps in each set. Always take rest between sets.
Tip: If you have difficulty performing this exercise when you’re keeping your legs straight, you can start off with your knees bent and keep making progressions till you reach the actual version and for more advanced version.
One easy to perform this exercise which can make your buttocks and legs stronger is the forward lunge. This exercise can also improve stability and balance and even help in keeping your spine in good health.
Keep your core upright and stressed while not making your body go low and avoid kneeling. Perform one set with 8-12 reps. Switch legs while doing so. You should hold weights in both arms and keep them by your side while you bend.
A variation of the regular lunge is the curtsy lunge. It helps in sculpting your leg muscles and glutes and even improves body posture and stability. Don’t forget to keep legs hip-width apart and lower your body while bending your knees. Return to a standing position by pushing with your back leg, switch sides and repeat.
Perform 1 set having 12-15 reps, progress for performing 3 sets. You can hold a dumbbell with both hands in front of you at chest height to boost your workout.
Another variation of the lunge exercise are the side lunges, they help in losing fat, toning your legs and also stress your thigh muscles and hamstrings. You have to begin in a standing position with your feet shoulder-width and parallel to each other.
Take one big sidestep and lower yourself on the mat and try imagining that you’re performing a squat. You can extend your arms in front of you or keep them at the side of you. The other leg should be straight and extended and toes should be well planted into the ground. Use your bent leg for pushing yourself into the starting position. Perform 3-4 sets having 10-12 reps in each side, workout both legs.
Tip: You can make it more challenging by adding a jump. Rather than changing sides while standing up, use a powerful jump to change from right side lunge to left side lunge.