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Leg exercises are just as important as arm and back exercises. Strong legs support your core and can actually help eliminate lower back pain. Here are some exercises that will tone your legs and get you looking sexy for summer:
Mountain Climbers: This exercise can double as a cardio workout. Start in a push-up position and then lift your right foot, bringing your knee to your chest. Touch your right foot to the ground and return to start position. Repeat with your left leg. Do this move at a high pace for a certain amount of time rather than a certain amount of reps.
Buddha Lunges: Stand with your feet together and step forward with your right leg and bend your knee until your front foot forms a right angle. Hold this position for five seconds and then push off your forward leg back into your starting position. Repeat 10 times on each leg.
Step-Ups: You will need a bench or sturdy chair to do this exercise. Stand in front of the chair and simply step up onto it with your right foot. Let your left foot touch the top of your right foot and step down to starting position. Repeat 10 times on each leg.
Weighted Squats: Using the stairs or another type of step (you can use a sturdy chair if you are tall), step up with your right foot. Bring your left foot up to touch the right foot and then step back down to start position with both feet on the floor. Repeat with your left leg. Do 24 repetitions on each side.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|