Most leg-defining programs make use of cardio exercises, such as walking, jogging, treadmill or stationary bicycle, several times per week. Be sure to add one or more of thee leg defining cardio exercises to your healthy weight loss program at least 4 days per week for best results. Then add strengthening and muscle defining leg exercises such as squats, lunges and calf raises to help sculpt the major muscles in your legs.
Any sport that substantially utilizes the leg muscles will also help to strengthen, define and tone-up your legs. Sports such as tennis, soccer, cycling or running will all help give your legs those sexy curves that beg to be revealed with short skirts and shorts. Seasonal sports such as water or snow skiing and swimming are excellent methods for overall toning of your leg muscles.
Your legs are used in so many activities that you don’t really need any fancy equipment to give them a good workout. All you really need to exercise your legs to the fullest are a treadmill (or simply take a brisk walk outside) and a workout bench (a yoga mat on the floor will do just as well). You can also add an exercise ball to the workout equipment to get the full effect of stretching those leg muscles.
Some of the best exercises to tone your leg muscles are:
Kicks – Laying, stomach down, on the exercise ball, kick upward 3 times with each leg.
Outer thigh lifts – Balance yourself with a chair and lift each leg outward 5 times each.
Of course exercise is critical for everyone in sculpting your leg muscles, but if you’re overweight you’ll need to reduce your body fat to achieve the lean, toned legs you want. Combining a healthy weight-loss program with regular exercise at least four days per week will help you get the results you desire.
A healthy diet plan and regular exercise will burn fat and boost your metabolism. A healthy diet that is high in fiber and plenty of lean proteins will help you achieve your overall weight loss goals. A healthy diet will also include eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, limes and lemons. These fruits are high in Vitamin C, and antioxidants that are good your body.
Other fruits, such as apples and berries also boost your system satiety so that you’re burning more fat and consuming fewer calories. These fruits should be in every healthy diet plan because they contain the fiber “pectin,” which helps your feel full, squelches cravings by slowing the absorption of sugars into your blood stream and helps your body rid itself of waste. Remember to always drink plenty of water during your leg-toning workouts and consider having a high-protein and high-fiber, healthy weight loss shake after you exercise. A healthy meal replacement shake can be a quick, convenient way to get the protein you need to develop lean muscles while having a complete, nutritious meal for when you’re in a hurry.
If you combine a healthy weight loss program with regular exercise and focus on working out your legs you will be pleased with the results you’ll see. But nothing good comes easy and there is no instant miracle pill that will give you the legs you want. But I am confident that if you really work hard and focus on improving your legs -- before you know it, you’ll be showing off those toned and tanned legs in shorts and mini-dresses.