Want toned and sculpted legs? You’re in luck because there are four awesome exercises you can do to target them. Feeling confident about how we look leads to better self-esteem, a healthier outlook on life, which leads to better self-care. Use the following exercises as a way to take care of yourself and be proud of the way that you look.
1. Seated Lifts
Sit with your legs extended out in front of you. Bring your left heel to your right thigh while keeping your left thigh on the floor. Roll onto your left buttock and place your right leg behind you, bending your knee. Lift your right knee about 2 inches off of floor, then lower it down. Do 20 reps of this and repeat on the other side.
2. Step-Ups With Barbell Or Dumbbell
You can do this exercise at a nearby park that has a bench. You’ll need a lifted surface so using a park bench is a great option because it allows you to get some fresh air while working out your legs. For this exercise, clasp a barbell and stand with your feet about shoulder width apart. Clutch the barbell and place on the back of your shoulders. Place the foot of the leg you will exercise, on top of the bench and extend the knee and hip. After completing the hip and knee extension, place the opposite leg down on the bench to stabilize yourself even more. Return to the start position by first stepping down off the bench with the non-working leg, then the working leg. Do 3 to 4 sets of 4 to 6 repetitions on each leg. If you’re using dumbbells for this exercise, hold the dumbbells with your arms down by your sides, face your palms inward along the outside of your thighs.
3. The Butt Lifter
Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Lift your right leg toward the ceiling and point your toes. Squeeze your buttocks and lift your hips to make a straight diagonal from your left knee to your shoulders. Raise your hips higher, then lower to the floor. Do 15 reps of this, then switch legs and repeat.
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