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What Are the Best Exercises To Tone Legs?

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  • Last Modified Date: 25 March 2014
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One of the best ways to tone the legs is to practice regular cardiovascular exercises. Running, walking, bicycling, hiking, or using machines such as elliptical gliders or stair climbers are all great cardiovascular exercises to tone legs. This is because the legs are the targeted body part in all of these exercises. Also, cardiovascular exercises like these will help to burn body fat, which will show off the muscle tone that exists within the legs as well as the muscle tone that will be achieved through these exercises.

In addition to sticking to a regular cardiovascular exercise routine and keeping a healthy diet that is low in saturated fats, there are a number of specific exercises to tone legs. Lunges and squats are both exercises that are great for toning the legs. A lunge is performed by standing straight with the feet together and then stepping one leg out as far as possible. Then, the other leg is brought down as close as possible to the ground while keeping the leg mostly straight and then pushing back up.

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A squat is an exercise to tone legs that simply involves starting in a standing position, squatting down to the ground, and then standing back up all while keeping the back and head erect. Both squats and lunges are two of the best exercises to tone legs. To start, do one cycle of 15 repetitions of each — that's 15 repetitions using each leg for the lunges — and then increase the number of cycles of these repetitions. These exercises to tone legs can be intensified by holding light hand weights while performing the exercises.

Other exercises to tone legs include glute crunches, inner thigh leg lifts, and outer thigh leg lifts. There are a number of great fitness resources online that include videos and descriptions about how to perform these exercises. It is important to remember to check with a medical professional before beginning any kind of exercise regimen.

There are two main keys to getting the tones legs. One of the most important keys is to keep a healthy, balanced diet that is low in saturated fats and refined sugars. This will help the entire body, but will also help to shed excess fat that is cover the muscles in the legs. The second key is to combine exercises to tone legs with cardiovascular exercises. Doing all of these things in combination will lead to the best, most visible results in the shortest amount of time.

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