Hello beautiful people, it’s been a while huh!
Honestly there has been a lot going on in my life I could barely breathe but you were always on my mind and it feels good to be back. Today I shall share with you my favorite leg toning routine. The beauty of my routines is that they don’t last more than 20 minutes, beyond that it’s just boring at least for me. I believe in short but effective routines predominated by body weight. Okay once in a while lift 2 KGs or 4 but that’s about it. Am not exactly fond of the gym, so boring….
For the leg strengthening and thigh gap goals, I do lots of lunges, I love this exercise so much because it’s the best way to strengthen and tone the lower body with low risk of straining your back. I start with Meditation and then a 5 minutes skip to get my muscles warmed up. To be safe, I strongly advise you start with a warm up before any workout ALWAYS!
After the warm up, I do some butt firming with the squats, 3 sets of 10 holding each 5th and 10th for an extra 5 seconds. You can spice it up by lifting weights but for me it always depends on how my body is feeling in themoment
Next I do the body weight lunges. With the lunges it’s important that your knees don’t hit the ground. Start with your feet shoulder distance apart, flex the knee to drop the hip, hold as long as it’s comfortable then back up. I do 3 sets of 10 on each leg but it might be more realistic to start with 1 set of 5, it’s a gradual process, you only get further with perseverance
Curtsy lunges. With your feet hip distance apart, step your left leg behind and to the right then back up to the starting position and alternate legs. I do 3 sets of 10 but remember you build up with time. We are aiming for long term goals
Reverse lunges. Starting in an upright position with legs hip distance apart, take a large step back and flex the knee to drop the hip, hold as long as you can before you return to the upright position and do the same to the opposite leg. I always do 3 sets of 10 which sums up to 90 lunges on each leg. I know what you’re thinking, I should just add more 10 to make 100 but hey, strictly 20 minutes. Haha what an excuse!
Apres a vigorous knee flexing, I always stretch out the back knee muscles to bring them back to their usual zen lol. Take a large parallel step to either left or right and stretch your hand to reach the opposite leg. Make sure your back is long and stretched out by bending leading with the chin. I always do 3 sets of 10 with 3 seconds break in between takes
Plank: This exercise is my frienemy, I always have special music for it, it’s always tasting my determination but thanks to the meditation practice I start with for every workout, I get to hold it for 5 minutes. My goal is to be able to hold it for 7 minutes by June. Starting out, I could only hold a plank for 5 seconds but look how far I have come! You too can do it with focus, patience and dedication.
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