5 easy exercises to sculpt your legs

Before you know it Summer will be here again and what better way to stroll through the sun than with strong, toned legs? Here are some quick and simple exercises that will help keep your limbs in top shape:

1. Lunges

Lunges

This is so perfect for inner thighs. Stand with your feet set about twice shoulder width apart, your feet facing straight ahead. Clasp your hands in front your chest. Shift your weight over to your right leg as you push your hips backward and lower your body by dropping your hips and bending your knees. Your lower right leg should remain nearly perpendicular to the floor. Your left foot should remain flat on the floor. Without raising yourself back up to a standing position, reverse the movement to the left. Alternate back and forth.

Lunges engage the hamstring, quads and glutes, which make for a great lower-body, three-for-one exercise.

2. Single leg glute bridge

Single leg glute bridge

Lie on a flat surface with your knees bent and both feet planted on the ground. As you raise one leg straight in the air, thrust your hips off of the ground, creating an arch in your lower back.

Be sure to drive through the heel of your foot in order to contract the hamstrings and glutes as you lift off of the ground.

3. Low squat jumps

Low squat jumps

Place your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend at the knees while driving your hips back. Keep your chest up and your core tight. Remain in a squat stance as you forcefully push off the ground, jumping to the right side. Check your form then repeat, jumping to the other side. Keep alternating between sides. This exercise will work your quads and glutes. Stand in the same start position as a squat. First do a regular squat, later engage your core and jump up. When you land, lower your body and return it to the squat position again.

4. Side lunges

Side lunges

This is so perfect for inner thighs. Stand with your feet set about twice shoulder width apart, your feet facing straight ahead. Clasp your hands in front your chest. Shift your weight over to your right leg as you push your hips backward and lower your body by dropping your hips and bending your knees. Your lower right leg should remain nearly perpendicular to the floor. Your left foot should remain flat on the floor. Without raising yourself back up to a standing position, reverse the movement to the left. Alternate back and forth.

5. Sumo squats

Sumo squats

Stand with your feet approximately 24 to 36 inches apart. Position your feet wider than your hips with your toes and knees facing forward. Keep your head up and your spine lengthened so there is no curve in your back. Place your arms at your sides or bring your hands in front of your chest to assist with balance. Inhale, bend your knees and lower your hips behind you to a comfortable depth or until your thighs are parallel with the floor. Prevent your knees from moving forward beyond your toes.

 

 

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