Life is busy – or at least mine is, and I rather suspect I’m not alone in that. Which is why I’m a big fan of exercises that I can do when I have a few minutes free – I’m a big ‘opportunistic’ exerciser. Heck – I get in a good hamstring-stretch pretty much every time I wash my hands at work (weird? ok, maybe a little). So, when a fellow-blogger offered to write an article about some quick, but effective, lower body exercises – most of which I can actually do AT MY DESK! – I jumped at the offer! Give some of these a try – I like them a lot! Thank you, Lauren!
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A lot of people want to keep their bodies fit and healthy. Beyond that, many people want to keep their bodies well-toned – their arms, legs, and thighs. But did it ever occur to you that you don’t need to hit the gym to keep your muscles toned?
Many people have trouble with their thighs. Well, you can keep your thighs toned right in your own home through various toning exercises. Of course, this may require a little discipline and hard work, but once you get the hang of it, you will definitely be happy with the results.
Here are five quick exercises for firming your thighs:
Exercise 1 – Leg extensions
This exercise is quick and easy. All you have to do is sit upright on your chair and rest your hands. Then try to straighten your left leg in front and contract your quadriceps. The quadriceps is a large group of muscles that includes the four dominant muscles on the front portion of the thigh. Hold this position by counting one to five and then lower your leg back to your original position. Repeat 20 times, alternating legs.
Try to look for a sturdy chair before you do this exercise. All you need to do is sit with your buttocks in the front half of your seat while placing one of your feet firmly on the ground or floor. When you do this with your left leg, make sure that your right left is slightly raised in front. Then carefully raise your buttocks to as much as 5-6 inches, hold for 1-2 seconds and then lower them to your starting position. You can do this exercise 10-12 times and perform the same procedure using your other leg. This is perfect toning exercise not just for the thighs but also for the buttocks.
Another toning exercise for the thigh you can try is the Flamingo. All you have to do is stand on one leg and then slowly touch the floor and then get back up again. Repeat the movement several times and then try the other leg. This movement is also a good toning exercise for the legs.
Did you know that you can tone your thigh muscles without much movement? Through isometric contractions, this is possible. This exercise only requires you to squeeze or contract muscles, hold for a few seconds, and then slowly release them. Start with the inner thighs. Try to squeeze them and then hold for 5 seconds. Relax and then repeat 10-20 times. After doing so, try to contract your outer thigh muscles with maximum effort, hold, then slowly release. Do the same with your hamstrings, the back part of your thighs.
Finally, try the hip flexion to firm your thighs. Just sit upright while resting your arms. Bend your left knee and then slowly lift your leg up towards your body while moving the knee towards your chest. Slowly lower the leg to your original position. You can do 20 hip flexions for each leg.
This is an article written by the writer of MyGetRidOfGuide. There you can find How to Lose Thigh Fat, and avoid anything that is unwanted.