"Tone It Up" Tuesday

Moves to Get Your Best Butt for Legging Season!


The average high for November in Syracuse is a brisk 49 degrees, which means it’s definitely time to break out the oversized sweatshirts and leggings if you haven’t already.  To make sure you still look prime when you’re sporting a more casual look, check out these leg exercises to tone up your toasty warm legs.

# 1 – Squats


You can never go wrong with classic squats! They strengthen your quads, hamstrings, and calves in addition to giving your butt that extra lift. These can be performed virtually anywhere, with or without weights.  Proper form is key though! Be cognisant that your back is straight and your knees remain centered over your feet the entire time. Do three sets of 15-20 reps three to five times a week for best results!

# 2 – Lunges


Lunges are another great exercise to work your quads, hamstrings, and backside.  Use dumbbells for an extra calorie-burning boost or challenge your endurance by performing them as jumping lunges.  Complete three sets of 12 reps each day before you put on your leggings so your butt looks extra perky the rest of the day!

# 3 – Farmer’s Walk


Tone up your calves by grabbing a set of dumbbells and walking around on your toes for a minute at a time.  If you still aren’t feeling the burn, increase the weight of the dumbbells.  Repeat these calf raises 5 times each time you work out.

# 4 – Inner Thigh Leg Lifts


The inner thigh is a tough area to tackle, but this exercise is vital to toning this potential area of concern.  Start by lying on your side, with your bottom leg straightened and top leg crossed over the bottom. You can prop your head up on your hand or lie on top of your arm.  Next, exhale, slowly lifting the bottom leg up, inhaling as your lower it back to the ground.  Do this ten times and then switch sides. Do three sets for maximum results!

Armed with these four exercises, you legs will look (and feel!) firmer in no time. Grab a pair of weights, a pair of leggings and get right down to incorporating these into your workout routine!  You’ll be looking fab in no time!

By: Helena Starrs