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Exercises For Shapely Legs: The 8-Minute Legs Routine!

Most of us women spend time assessing our bodies, finding fault with at least two or three areas. One of the most commonly bemoaned are the lack of shapely legs. Due to largely sedentary factors, thighs get a little too flabby.

Legs A Lot

Legs A Lot (Photo credit: danivenn)[

for our taste, calves are too plump, those unattractive ‘saddlebags’ at the hip line and ankles that are too thick are enough to prompt you to do something about it, now! However, you probably don’t follow through, believing that you’ve got to make a gigantic, time-consuming deal out of the process.

You don’t have to bicycle or jog for hours each week to achieve your goal. As a matter of fact, in just 8 minutes a day, you can address all of these problems! The 8-minute legs routine is the solution. Here we’ve got six easy exercises to get those shapely legs – and keep them. I’ll bet you can barely shower in eight minutes. So let’s run down the list of the 8-minute legs program.

1 Begin with the standing toe touch. Standing with your legs together, bend from the waist, extending your fingers towards your toes. If you can touch your toes, great. If not, reach as far as you can without hurting, bouncing towards the toes 10 times. As you do this exercise, you’re stretching the muscles of the backs of your thighs and calves. You’ll eventually be able to touch your toes. The ultimate goal is to place your palms flat on the floor.

2  The second exercise in your 8-minute legs program works on the inside muscles of your thighs and calves. Sit down and spread your legs about eighteen inches apart. Bending from the waist, extend each arm towards each foot. Again, if you can’t touch your toes with your fingertips without hurting, that’s OK. You’ll work up to it over time. Repeat 10 times.

3  Now it’s time to stand up and march! Just march, standing in place, raising your legs as high as you comfortably can with each step. March 40 paces in place. This portion of your 8-minute legs routine helps tone muscles not often used.

4 Here’s one I’m not overly fond of, but it’s very effective at toning and strengthening legs, calves and ankles. Push-ups do require some strength in your arms as well, so here’s your chance to get rid of any hints of flab in the upper arms. Try to do the ‘non-cheating’ push-ups (from your feet). If you can’t, do the version where you push up from your knees.

5/ This part of your 8-minute legs workout not only helps tone up thighs and calves, but helps flatten your belly. You guessed it – sit ups. The easy version is done by fully extending your arms back behind your head, which makes it easier to get your upper body off the ground and touching your toes, as possible. The more difficult version is the elbows bent, hands locked behind your head. Both types tone up those legs and thighs admirably. With elbows bent, your abs reap the benefits of this exercise more quickly.

6 For lack of a better name, I call this 8-minute legs routine the ‘saddlebag’ remover … you know, those bits of excess fat that find their way to the sides of your hip line. Begin by standing and stretching your arms out to each side. Slide one arm down one leg, while arching your other arm over your head. The idea is to slide the one as far down the leg as possible, with the arching arm as far in the same direction as possible. Not only does this exercise address the ‘saddlebags’, but also tones your inner arms.

If you choose four exercises each day, on a rotating basis and do each for just two minutes each, your 8-minute legs workout will have you looking fabulous in just about a month! Divide your 8-minute legs program into two 4-minute workouts, morning and evening. Now that’s an easy recipe for great legs!