|Whether you’re six feet tall or five-foot-three, you can still trim that fat and cellulite, strengthen your muscles, and look better in shorts. Warmer temperatures are just around the corner, but you can tone up in time by following these effective power-moves.
To target your glutes and quads, stand next to a sturdy chair with your feet hip-width apart. Step up onto the seat, keeping your abs and rear tight. Press into your foot and come back down. Do ten reps and then switch sides.
Give your glutes and outer thighs a workout by lying on your right side, bending your top knee at a 90-degree angle and lifting your leg, keeping your foot flexed. Do 25 reps and then switch sides. Repeat this exercise several times.
Start on all fours, lifting your right leg back 90 degrees, with the bottom of your foot extending toward the ceiling. Do 20 reps, switch legs, and repeat. This will work out your glutes and hamstrings.
Lateral Leg Circles
To target your core, glutes and inner thighs, stand with your feet together and knees slightly bent. Lift your right foot several inches off the floor and draw large circles in the air, while balancing on the opposite leg. Make sure your abs are held tight, and aim for 20 reps. Switch sides and repeat.
Work out your calves, quads, thighs and core by mimicking the moves of a speed skater. Stand with your feet together and knees slightly bent. Jump three to four feet to the right and land with your feet together. Then repeat the move to the opposite side. Repeat these jumps for one minute.
Cardio is the ideal way to slim up your thighs. Swimming is considered the best leg workout. Walking and running for at least 20 minutes each day is also recommended. Treadmills and exercise bikes that let you increase the incline and resistance are also great ways to sculpt those legs.
Don’t forget about diet! What good are strong legs if they are obscured by cellulite and fat because you’re overeating? Blake Lively’s trainer, Bobby Storm, recommends avoiding milk-based products that contain sugar. Instead, he recommends eating oatmeal with almond milk and fresh fruit like blueberries, flax seed and protein powder. For lunch, he recommends chicken breast or tuna with a salad or grilled veggies. Dinners are similar, with something like sweet potatoes or brown rice alongside a main entrée of fish or chicken. Drinking at least 8 cups of water a day will prevent water retention in the legs too.