5 Easy Ways to Tone your Legs at Home

You don’t have to go to expensive fitness classes in order to tone up your legs ready for bikini season: you can use simple bodyweight exercises which require no equipment or cost at all. Here are our five favourites, inspired by this NHS guide.

Lunges

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Lunges are great because they can be done anywhere, and they work wonders on toning up your legs and bum- as long as you do them correctly! Tips:

  • Keep your back straight
  • Bend your knees no farther than 90 degrees
  • Try a more advanced version called stepping lunges, where you move forward after each lunge on alternating legs. Remember to use good form.

Perform 1 set of 15-24 reps with each leg

Squats

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Often referred to as the king of all exercises, squats are a guaranteed way to firm your bum and thighs (as well as craftily strengthen your core). Tips:

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart
  • Stretch your hands out in front for extra balance
  • Don’t let your knees extend over your toes

Perform 2 sets of 15 to 24 reps.

Calf raises

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When it comes to toning your legs, your calves deserve the same amount of attention as your thighs for perfect pins this summer. Tips:

  • Stand on the edge of a step, with straight but not locked legs
  • Lift as high as you can go onto your toes and lower your heels down as much as you can
  • Calves respond to higher reps

Perform 2 sets of 15 reps

Bridges

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Bridges are loved by yoga teachers and Pilates instructors the world over: they are not only the ideal exercise for a rounded rear, but they also keep your back healthy. Tips:

  • Feet should be a shoulder width apart and flat on the floor
  • The goal is to maintain a straight line from your shoulders to your knees and hold for 20 to 30 seconds.
  • It’s better to hold the correct position for a shorter time than to go longer in the incorrect position.
  • For a full explanation of the bridge exercise, click here

Perform 2 sets of 15 to 20 reps

Plies

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A variation on the basic squat, ballet plies can help tighten and tone your quads, glutes, inside thighs and calves- perfect for creating a sculpted bikini body. Tips:

  • Keep your toes turned out about 45 degrees
  • Lift your heels off the floor and balance on the balls of your feet
  • Make sure your knee don’t go past your toes

Hold the position for 60 seconds, never moving your rear below your knees. Repeat 20 times. Break for a moment and repeat.

What are your favourite exercises for toning the legs?

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