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Just 5 Minutes And 10 Exercises To Build Stronger Legs


When it comes to our legs, most of us want a little less jiggle and a little more firmness. But here’s the problem if you want exercises to tone your legs: if you only target your legs with leg-specific strengthening moves like squats or leg lifts, you’ll have nice firm muscles but no one will see them if they’re hidden under a layer of overall body fat.

The key to toned legs is to both strengthen the leg muscles for a lean appearance and burn body fat all over with cardio exercise so you can see those beautiful legs you worked so hard to achieve.

Quick Leg Workouts At Home

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Ready to lose leg fat? This quick leg workout utilizes what we just talked about above: a combination of cardio exercises to burn fat and then strengthening exercises to tone your legs. Here’s how it works:

This workout is divided into a cardio portion and a strength exercise portion. Each of these portions is 5 minutes long. Alternate doing the cardio or strength section each day or combine them together at once for a 10-minute leaner leg workout.

Go through the cardio exercises for 1 minute each. Do 15 reps of the strength training exercises on each side.

Perform these moves a few times a week and you’ll be ready for lean jeans and short shorts in no time!

Watch me demonstrate this 5-minute leg workout in the video below or check out the exercises underneath it for full descriptions and images.

Jumping Jacks – 1 minute

Split Jumps – 1 minute

Squat Jumps – 1 minute

Butt Kicks – 1 minute

Jump Rope – 1 minute

Plié Leg Lift

A) Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder-distance apart and toes turned out. Bend knees and lower torso into a plié while keeping your back straight.

B) Squeeze your glutes and inner thighs and come to standing while lifting one leg out to the side. This works the outer thigh muscles. Then return to your plié and repeat on the other side.

Perform 15 reps on each side

Relive Plié

A) Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder-distance apart, toes turned out, and lift your heels into releve.

B) Bend at the knees lowering your torso, keeping your back straight, and abs tight. Squeeze glutes and straighten legs to return to starting position.

Perform 15 reps

Leg Lift

A) Start on all fours with one leg extended long on the mat.

B) Lift the extended leg up towards the ceiling engaging the hamstrings and glutes, then lower to the floor.

Perform 15 reps on each side

Fire Hydrant

A) Begin on all fours.

B) Using the outer thigh muscles and glutes lift one knee out and up keeping your knee bent at a 90-degree angle.  Lower your leg and repeat.

Perform 15 reps on each side

Single-Leg Hamstring Bridge

A) Lie on your back with bent knees hip-distance apart, and feet flat on a mat stacked under the knees. Extend one leg long towards the ceiling.

B) Squeeze glutes and lift hips off the mat into a bridge. Lower and lift the hips then repeat on another side.

Perform 15 reps on each side

What Not To Do If You Want Leaner Legs

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When people ask me how to lose leg fat, I have to start by explaining that it’s not as simple as you might think. We often believe we can chip away at the most annoying part of our body by working it over and over.

But trying to spot reduce fat from a particular area doesn’t work. Shedding fat combined with strengthening the muscles underneath the fat is the true formula for getting a toned appearance on any part of your body.

So in order to lose leg fat, you first need cardio exercises to burn fat and then strengthening moves to target your leg muscles. So let’s go to them!

30 Minute Pool Workout

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If you haven’t given water workouts a try, you’re missing out on one of the best low-impact workouts you can do!  Swimming and water aerobics are the ideal way to get your heart rate up while being easy on your joints. The buoyancy of water lessens the pull of gravity, making you feel lighter and more balanced while also reducing the impact on your knees.

This also makes the same moves that would be difficult to do on land feel easier in the pool. Water aerobic exercises are a great option for seniors who have problems with balance, sciatica pain, or issues with their joints, including arthritis. However, pool exercises for seniors aren’t just for seniors, this is a water workout that anyone can (and should!) do!

30 Minute Pool Workout

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