Mix up those squats and lunges with these effective and enjoyable leg exercises! Your legs (and skinny jeans) will thank you!
Have ever been stuck in an airport and missed your work out? Here are some simple exercises you can do anywhere without breaking a sweat.
Single joint moves like curls and leg extension are useful. However, they do not amount to much when it comes to essential leg exercises. On the other hand, multi-joint leg exercises are very effective.
Here are the top five essential leg exercises that are effective, and you can do just about anywhere!
1. Bodyweight Squats
This type of squats is easily done in the comfort of your home. To do the exercise, try to stand with your feet apart, at least a shoulder width. Make sure they are somewhat turned out with your heels hovering the weight.
Pivot toward the front using your hip. Sit your butt back to form a squat. Once you hinge into a squat, bend your knees in such a way that your thighs become parallel to the ground.
To stand up straight, drive through your heels. While standing, make sure your butt is squeezed, and your core is tight.
2. Inverted Inner Thigh Openers
To do this exercise, all you need is a flat floor. Start your exercise by lying flat on your back with bent knees and flat feet. You can extend your leg towards the ceiling.
To do this, raise your right leg with your thighs still touching. With your leg towards the ceiling, then lower it to the right side as far as you can. Make sure your hips and lower back are stuck to the floor. Stay for a while, then bring your leg back to start. Do this exercise again with your other leg.
3. High Knee Toe Taps
All you need for this exercise is a raised surface from the ground like a chair, box, bench, etc. stand facing it with your hands on both sides. You can also place your hands on your hips.
With your back straight and your chest lifted, tap your left foot on the box and swap immediately to your right foot. Do this quick swap and alternation of sides continuously.
4. Curtsy Lunges
No equipment is needed for this exercise, just a clear floor. With your feet hip-width apart, stand straight. Standing tall, take your left foot and put it behind your right leg.
Once stable, bend your knees to lower into a lunge. Push through your left heel to get a firm stand. Take your left leg back to start. Repeat this motion with your right leg.
5. Plié Squat Calf Raises
This is another exercise that you can do with nothing but a clear floor. Stand with your feet more than shoulder-width apart. Your toes should be turned out. Have your hands either in front of your chest or sideways on your hips.
Once you attain the position, squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Once you attain this position, lift both your heels of the ground for at least two seconds. Return your heels to the ground.
Simple Leg Exercises
Working on fitness in the comfort of your home is easier than ever with these great leg exercises. Be sure to do them correctly in order to avoid injury. You can also do variations of the exercises in order to make it interesting.
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