Leg Exercises to Help You Rock Your Shorts

jump-lungesWith spring in the air and summer on its heels, now is the time to make sure that you are in shape to slide into those summer clothes. While the abs are the area of common focus at this time, the legs are just as visible in summer wear. By rotating a few toning exercises into your regular routine, you can make sure that your legs are shapely and will not embarrass you when the temps heat up. These exercises can be helpful for both men and women; no one wants to strut the beach with chicken legs or cellulite.

Squats

While they are no one’s favorite exercise, squats are very effective for toning up the calves, hips, thighs, and glutes. To start, stand with feet hip width apart and arms directly in front of you. Crouch down, keeping the abs in, head looking straight ahead, and knees directly above the toes. Make sure to hold the feet straight while holding the position for several seconds.

Jump Lunges

Start with the right leg bent at a 90 degree angle and the foot flat on the floor, with the left leg behind so that the knee is nearly touching the ground at close to a 90 degree angle. The back should be straight and perpendicular to the ground, the arms bent and fisted at the sides. In one motion, jump so that the legs are completely straight and you are standing straight with the forearms framing the face. Resume the original position. Repeat several times.

High Knees

This is a variation of running in place. Instead of bringing the legs up slightly while running, bring the knees up as high as possible. Run with high knees for about one minute to tone the thighs, glutes, and abs. Repeat if desired.

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