You lose fat over your entire body, so working all the major muscles will lead to faster and better results. Strength training combined with regular cardiovascular exercise and a healthy diet are the keys to healthy weight loss. Try these leg exercises that will stimulate some of the largest muscles in your body.
Hold a dumbbell in each hand, and get in plank position with your hands on the dumbbells and your feet wider than shoulder-width apart. Raise the dumbbell in your right hand until your elbow passes your torso, pressing the left dumbbell into the floor for balance. Lower your arm, and repeat on the other side.
Squat with Ball
Place an exercise ball between the wall and the curve of your lower back. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees and lower 5 to 10 inches, keeping your shoulders level and your hips square. Hold this position for 3 seconds and then stand back up.
Stand with the feet together, and lift up the left leg with a pointed toe, putting your body weight onto the standing, right leg. Continue to lift your leg and drop the head and torso so they form a straight horizontal line from head to toe with the arms at your sides. Engage your core and make sure the left thigh, hip, and toes are aligned. Remain facing down and keep your back as straight as possible. Ensure your right knee doesn’t lock and center the weight on the middle of the foot. Hold for 5 breaths and then slowly return to standing. Switch legs and repeat.
Begin standing with your back to a chair, feet hip-width apart. While keeping your weight centered on your heels, draw in your abs and hinge forward at the hips slowly lowering your butt toward the chair. Pause right before you would sit down and return to standing while keeping the core engaged.
Lunge Side Kick
Stand with feet together, arms at the sides and with 5-to 10-pound dumbbells in each hand. Step the right foot out to the side and bend the left knee at a 90-degree angle to come into a side lunge. Push into your left foot and come to standing with the knees slightly bent. Immediately kick the left foot strongly out to the side (make sure it stays flexed). Return to starting position.
Begin with feet shoulder-width apart and the arms at your sides. Take a large step backwards with your left leg and cross it diagonally behind the right leg. Meanwhile, extend your right arm out to the side and swing the left arm across the hips. Hop about 2 feet to the left and come back to the beginning stance. Alternate legs.
Begin by standing with feet shoulder-width apart, arms at the sides. Lower the body into a squat, going two-thirds of the way down. Immediately jump straight up with your arms pointed up toward the ceiling. When you land, go right back into the next rep.
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