In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s hard to make it to the gym regularly, but you can sneak in a few quick exercises from the office.
Your legs are made up of some of the largest, and strongest, muscles in your body. Tone your thighs, hips, butt and hamstrings with the following exercises three times a week.
Lunge with lift
- Start in a lunge position with your left foot forward and a weight in each hand at your right hip.
- Bring the weights to your left shoulder. Your right arm should be parallel to the floor and your left arm should be tucked in alongside your body.
- Pushing off of your right foot, stand up as you bring the weights back down to your right hip.
- Return to the lunge position.
- Try for 10 reps and then switch legs. Shoot for three sets on each leg.
Leg lift with reach
- Begin crouched down with your fingertips on the floor and your left leg crossed behind your right. Your left heel should be off of the ground.
- Lean forward and lift your left leg behind you as you reach your left arm up to the ceiling. You can keep your right fingertips on the ground for balance.
- Return to start.
- Do 12 repetitions then switch sides.
Kneeling leg lifts
- Begin on all fours with your knees hip-width apart and a small weight in your left hand.
- Lift your right leg out and back so that it is straight and in line with your torso while you lift your left arm out to the side to shoulder-height.
- Hold for a count of two and then return to start.
- Shoot for 15 reps and then switch sides.
A 150-lb. person can expect to lose approximately 50 calories for ten minutes of hard leg work.