Leg Toning Exercises


Some Basic Leg Toning Exercises For Women To Do At Home

Shapely legs are one of the most seductive features of a women’s body, therefore you will find literally hundreds of websites and videos featuring leg toning exercises. We did some research and found the following to be proven for achieving not only lovely legs, but strong and healthy ones too.  You can do them at home with no special equipment. 

  1. Imaginary Chair:  A great one that can be as hard or easy as you want.  Stand up straight with your feet shoulder width apart, and then bend at the knees as if you are sitting in a chair.  To increase difficultly, swing your arms back and forth slowly, and increase the duration of the sitting position. Another way to add effectiveness is to lower your bottom closer to the floor.  Repeat this from 5 to fifteen times, adding one each day as you build strength. 

  2. Pelican Stands: This one is drawn from a yoga pose. Stand with legs close together, and bend one leg at the knee to resemble the pelicans you see at the zoo.  Place your hands in the praying position and draw in close to your chest. Keep your head facing forward and tilt your head up just a little bit, focusing your eyes ahead at a single point.  Try to stay in this position as long as you can without getting off balance. Repeat 5 or more times.  Then switch to the other leg. This leg toning exercise tends to change your walk with an elegant gait when practiced continually, as well as toning the calves and thighs.

  3. Doggie Style Leg Lifts: Get on all fours like a dog.  With the palms of your hands flat on the floor, raise one leg to the side, with leg bent at the knee, similar to a dog rising it’s leg to urinate.   Repeat up to 50 times.  Control the movement each time you raise your leg. Repeat with the other leg.  This targets your hips, especially the “love handle” area.

  4. Side Leg Raises: Lie on one side and bend your legs at the hips so they are stretched out straight in front of you, forming an L shape with your body.  Bend back the knee of your leg that is on the floor (i.e. the bottom leg), while keeping both thighs aligned with each other.  Keep the opposite leg straight. Lift and lower the straight leg up and down 10 times slowly and in a controlled fashion, with toe pointed.  Do 10 more, but this time flex the foot so toes point toward the front of your leg. Do 2 to 5 sets of 20 leg raises.  Then repeat the whole thing on the other leg.  You can support your upper body by resting your forearm on the floor, or resting the side of your head in the palm of your hand.  To make the exercise easier, rest your head on the floor in line with your upper body.

If you can do these simple but effective leg toning exercises daily that is great, but you only need about 3 times a week to see significant results within 4 to 5 weeks.