Mixing things up in the gym is important for your fitness AND your motivation. Today’s low impact leg exercises will be sure to catch your attention!
Having pin-up worthy pins is not only good for your confidence. Strong legs support your spine, increase your agility and condition your body to burn more calories (even during sleep).
Unfortunately, many leg exercises rely on large ranges of motion, heavy resistance and high intensity, in order to be effective…which is not so hot if you’ve got wonky knees or a weak pelvic floor.
The three moves that I’m sharing with you today can be done back-to-back as a short workout or included in your regular exercise routine.
TIP: Learn the moves now and then add them to your daily walk.
- Walk three blocks and repeat three rounds of horrible lunges
- Walk another block and do three rounds of crab walks
- Walk another block and finish up with three rounds of pliés
- Walk home (or, should I say, strut your stuff)
Yes, your neighbors will look at you quizzically — I suggest asking them to join you.
These leg exercises are terrifically effective and you don’t need any equipment. Here are some things to keep in mind:
Pick Your Own Pace
You can do these moves as quickly or slowly as you like. I prefer to take things low and slow to keep the muscles under tension, but whatever gives you that burn, baby, burn kind of feeling.
Repeat each of these exercises for three sets. Beginners — aim for 10 repetitions per set; intermediate — 15-20 repetitions; advanced — 30 repetitions. Rest for 10-20 seconds between sets. Rest for 45 seconds between exercises.
Need More Challenge?
Hold a heavy weight on your chest for each of these moves, I recommend 10 – 30 pounds.
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