7 simple exercises to keep your legs in shape
Updated: May 30
Working out to tone your legs is more than just about making you look and feel good. We use this part of our bodies to keep us moving each day, so building up strength is imperative to maintain balance, mobility, and power, which will carry over into your daily life.
Keeping individual elements of the body in form can often be seen as a challenge. Still, there are ways to incorporate various activities ranging from easy to hard into your day to achieve your desired results.
1. Should a day be devoted to legs?
Ever heard the saying: “Never skip leg day?”
Lower limb workouts are usually a fan favourite because they’re easy enough to include into a daily workout, all the while toning other areas of your body at the same time. These exercises also manage other large muscles in your body and include squatting – for example, while doing bicep curls or lunges.
2. How can clinical pilates help?
With clinical Pilates, you will quickly see that the benefits speak for themselves. This technique is often used to improve strength, power and flexibility using various equipment and poses. These then form a workout that’s aimed at toning your tower frame. Clinical Pilates can also help tighten and lift your glutes, all the while helping stabilise your limbs, regardless of your skill level.
3. Sustaining your core
You have probably heard how improving your core strength is essential. Exercises like planking can help keep your lower body in shape while conditioning your mid area. When you include these into your leg workouts, you’re able to practically engage a whole variety of muscle groups in these areas.
4. Calf raises
Engaging in calf raises while keeping the remainder of yourself still is a challenge – that’s for sure – but it’s also highly effective at toning those calves of yours. You don’t need any machinery or equipment, and no need to rely on anyone else. For these reasons, they’re an excellent option for leg workouts to do before heading out for a run.
5. Get moving with cardio
Many people love to hate cardio – it’s a fact of life. But it is also exceptionally good at toning your entire body, particularly your legs. In this category, aerobic activity is also an excellent way to get your blood pumping and condition your muscles.
6. Cycle to your job
Ready to make a positive change for both yourself and the planet? Go green and keep moving at the same time by commuting on your bike to work or riding to the grocery store. A half-hour ride will burn calories, keep your legs in shape and is excellent for toning. Apart from these benefits, you will also arrive at your job feeling charged and ready for your day. That’s a win.
7. Have a balanced diet
While there are many exercises and activities to give you that leg workout you’re craving, nothing beats a balanced diet. Eating rich nutrient foods and drinking water will provide you with the energy to engage in activities that enhance and shape your body. Never underestimate these parts of your lifestyle.
At Sports Podiatry and Physiotherapy Services, we offer a range of personal training, exercise and physio services where you can strive toward improving the strength, balance and toning of your limbs. If you have any questions about achieving your specific goals, please contact our professional team to guide you through our services.