Nobody wants to stomp around like a baby elephant learning to walk. Most of us want to glide into a room, sail across summer decks, and drift through daisy plains with legs that look like they could go on forever. Granted, we can’t decide the length of our legs (petite 5’3″ frame? forget about legs that reach a mile), but we can determine the horizontal measurements of our thighs and calves – with a few simple Beauty Frizz tips.
Exercise Tips for Slimmer Legs
There’s no doubt about it — the best exercise for slimmer legs is squats. Yes, you hate it, we hate it, your mother hates it, but for all the hate that’s directed towards this exercise, it works.
Place your feet squarely on the ground and gradually lower your bottom. Keep your back straight and look ahead. Your knees shouldn’t go past your toes. Once you’ve achieved a 90-degree angle (measured from the knees), gradually rise to a standing position again. Do 3 sets of 15 reps. If your thighs feel like they’re on fire, congratulations — you’re probably doing it right.
For hardcore fitness gals, you might want to try a compound squat with barbells. Lower your reps but keep it at 3-4 sets. Those thighs and glutes will look like steel by the end of the month.
Compared to squats, lunges are a more dynamic workout. Position one leg in front of you and the other leg behind, and bend the front knee slowly. Your back leg should be parallel to the ground. Feel the stretch? Repeat 15 times for 3 sets.
If bodyweight lunges are too easy for you, consider adding a couple of kettlebells or dumbbells. Lower the reps (8-10 will be fine) but keep it at 3-4 sets. If you prefer walking lunges, feel free to walk the length of your room, your nearest park, or the entire shoreline of Long Beach. You can never have too many lunges.
Those calves don’t work themselves! But this exercise is easy enough to do. Begin with a standing position and gently raise yourself on the balls of your feet until you’re standing on your toes. You might want to steady yourself by holding onto a wall or chair. Keep your core tight. Maintain for 20 seconds. Do 3 sets of 12-15 reps.
If you wear high heels often, this exercise should be a piece of cake (but don’t go reaching for it!). If you wish, you can also add a couple of water bottles or dumbbells for added intensity.
Ever notice how runners have the best legs? They’re muscular, but never bulky. But you don’t have to run marathons to have legs like Paula Radcliffe. In fact, with running, you should never do too much — we recommend running for 20-30 minutes, not more, for optimal results. This will ensure you burn calories without eating into your stored muscles. Go interval-style by walking for 1 minute, jogging for the next minute, and sprinting for another 1 minute. Repeat 7 times, and you’ll have done a full 21-minute workout.
Diet Tips for Slimmer Legs
Lots of it. Don’t skimp, don’t think, just drink water every time your mouth feels slightly dry. Not only is drinking water the perfect way to detoxify your skin, it’s also a great way to keep yourself away unnecessary calories. Your legs will thank you for it.
Watch Your Diet
Okay, you knew this was coming. All the exercises in the world will not bring you slim legs if you don’t also watch what you eat. Keep to a low-sugar diet, eat your fruits and vegetables, and stay away from In-N-Out Burger. Prep salads for those days when you’ll have restricted access to healthy food, and if you want to save some dosh on the go and a few inches off your legs, bring a fruit or two for those afternoon munchies.
What do you do to achieve slimmer legs? Share your thoughts and comments with us!