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Let's get leg ready for summer

HealthBy Sunday World
Let's get leg ready for summer

When the warm weather comes we all put a lot more flesh on show. So before summer fully kicks in it’s important to get your body in tip top shape ready for your bikini, shorts and dresses. One area that should be looked at to leave you feeling more body confident is your inner thighs. If they’re nice and toned you’ll be more than happy to get your pins out when the weather requires. Popsugar has some top tips on how to get your wobbly bits in shape.

Ball leg lifts

Using a ball while strength training adds an extra dimension to basic exercises as you’ve got to keep the ball in place, which in turn uses even more muscle groups. Lie on your side on the floor with your arms crossed in front of your body. Place a large exercise ball in between your feet, and slowly lift it towards the ceiling using only your hips and bottom. Return to the start position. This counts as one repetition. Count three sets of 15 reps.

Glider side lunge

While this works your legs and glutes too, when you slide your leg back to a central position, it’s your inner thigh that’s doing all the work. To do the move successfully, do it in socks on a wooden floor or use a plastic container under your foot if you are on carpet.

Stand with your feet a few inches apart, with your right foot on the plastic lid. Make a fist with one hand and cup your other hand over it. Keep your hands in front of your chest throughout the exercise to help you stay balanced. Put weight onto your left leg, and as you slowly bend your left knee and squat down, slide your right foot out to the side. Then as you slowly straighten your leg, slide the right foot back in. Complete three sets of ten reps with each leg.

Pilates inner-thigh lift

This has been a staple of Pilates routines for many years and that’s because it works. Since the knee is straight, you work all the muscles of the inner-thigh group.

Lying on your side, lengthen your bottom leg and cross your top leg over it. Rest either your knee or foot on the floor. Prop your head up with your hand, or rest your head on your arm. As you exhale, lift your bottom leg up, and inhale as you lower it back down. Your torso should stay still while you do this. Do ten reps on each side to work both legs evenly.

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