Tone Up, Toronto!

Day 224: Inner and Outer Thigh Toning Leg Lifts

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This is one of the best exercises to tone the inner and outer thighs. However, it is important to do each move deliberately, using control over your own body’s movement, instead of using momentum to lift and lower our legs.

Outer Thigh Leg Lifts:

  1. Lie down on your right side with your right leg bent back (to stabilize your body during the movement). Your left leg should be straight and the toes of your left leg should be pointed. You can prop your head up with your right hand while gently placing your left hand on the floor. Try to use it minimally while your engaged core  and your bent leg do most of the work to stabilize you.
  2. Slowly lift your left leg up as far as it will comfortably go and then lower it as slowly. Do not let it touch the ground before raising it again so that your leg muscles remain constantly engaged.
  3. Do 20 reps on this side then rest for 10 seconds.

Outer Thigh Leg Pulses:

  1. Lift your left leg 2/3rds as high as you did with the full leg lifts and do 20 small pulses in this most painful part of the leg lift. You should only be moving your leg 5-10 inches with each pulse. Again, do this slowly and with intension.

Repeat both moves 20 times each on the other side.

Inner Thigh Leg Lifts:

  1. Return to the position laying down on your right side but this time plant your left foot on the floor behind your left leg. Keep your right leg straight and concentrate on keeping the ankle up so that your foot is parallel to the floor as you raise that right leg.
  2. Slowly raise and lower your right leg 20 times and then rest for 10 seconds.

Inner Thigh Leg Pulses:

  1. Lift your right leg up to the most painful part of the leg lift (about 2/3rds of the way up) and do 20 small pulses here.

Repeat both moves 20 times each on the other side.

 

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