Want A Slimmer Waist? Then Train Your Legs!
August 9th, 2012 by Ingrid Macher
We all want to look and feel great.
We all wish for a lean, healthy body that radiates positive energy and allows us to feel proud in our own skin.
And to get this body, we know that we need to be working out. We need to get our bodies moving so we can burn calories and melt that stubborn fat.
But what workouts are we going to follow? There are so many choices out there. It seems like
every expert out there recommends something different.
We don’t have the time to do all these workouts. We’re busy with our lives, our jobs, our families.
Sure, we want to lose weight, but we need to do it as efficiently as possible.
We need to get the best results… in the shortest amount of time.
So when it comes to our exercise program, you want to find the routine that gives you the biggest bang for your buck.
Well, I’m here to tell you what that is. I’m going to reveal a little shortcut to dropping all that
unwanted fat from whichever areas you tend to store it.
It doesn’t matter if it’s on your arms… around your belly… or even by your butt.
If you want to blast away that fat as fast as humanly possible, well then…
You Need To Be Training Your Legs!
By training your legs, you get two major benefits…
First, by training your lower body, you’ll develop a set of killer legs. The exercises we’re going
to do help build up that lean muscle that give your legs a more shapely look.
But while the second benefit isn’t as obvious, it’s absolutely true…
Training your legs allows you drop fat from all over your body!
You see, the muscles in your legs make up the largest muscle group in your body. So when you exercise them and break down their muscle fibers, your body wants to repair them.
This requires energy. And this energy comes from the calories you eat. So instead of storing these calories as fat, your body starts using them to repair and strengthen your leg muscles.
It actually speeds up your metabolism to do that!
In fact, just one leg workout of around 20-30 minutes has been shown to boost your metabolism for up to 48 hours after that workout is complete.
So by training your legs, you turn on the processes that cause your body to burn more fat automatically.
And that’s what it’s all about. You need to find ways you can incorporate healthy living into your lifestyle. You don’t want it to take up all your time. Simply do the right things, and then move on.
I understand some of you may not have the time to get to the gym all week. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be taking the right actions.
If you want to blast away fat, you need to be training your legs.
That’s the simple fact.
But you don’t need any fancy exercise equipment to do it. In fact, it doesn’t even matter where you do it, as some of the most effective exercises can be done wherever you choose.
Even in the comfort of your own home.
And to make sure you actually take action… to make sure you take the steps you need to get lean and healthy, I’m going to share some of those effective fat-blasting exercises with you.
These exercises are:
This tried and true classic is the king of the lower body exercises. It will work all of the muscles in your lower body, from your thighs… to your hamstrings… to even your butt! It does it all. Done correctly, it’s also great for your knee joints, helping to keep you feeling loose and free, without much of the stiffness associated with aging.
It’s simple. Just stand up straight, with your feet shoulder-width apart. Keep your chin up, back arched, and just bend your legs at the hips. Go as low as you can go, then reverse the motion by pushing up through your heels.
If you find you’re having any problems with balance or stability, try doing the movement while holding a broomstick on your shoulders. This simulates how weightlifters do the movement and can make it easier by activating your core.
This exercise is a great complement to the squat.
Stand up with your back straight, shoulders back and relaxed, chin up. Keep your eyes focused on a fixed point in front of you. Tuck your tummy in to engage the muscles of your core.
Then simply step forward with one leg. With that leg forward, you want to bend at the hips, lowering your weight onto that front leg. Go as far down as you can comfortably go and feel
the muscle contracting, then push back up.
That’s one rep.
You can either train one leg at a time, or alternate between legs. That’s up to your personal preference. Either way, stick to this exercise and you’ll get great results.
This exercise can be done anywhere you have either a step or a bench. It’s quite simple, but really effective.
Stand straight with your feet shoulder-width apart, facing the step or bench. Step onto it with your right leg. Put your weight onto that leg, until your leg is straight and you’re standing on the step. Then just return back to the starting position.
That’s one rep.
The best way to think of it is as taking the first step towards walking up a flight of stairs. But instead of taking that second step, someone hit the “rewind button”. So you’re just taking
that first step over and over.
These are all the exercises you need to see great results.
You can use them to make up a routine. It can be done in less than 20 minutes… in the comfort of your own home.
A good routine would look like this:
Squats- 3 sets of 20 reps.
1 minute break in between sets.
Lunges – 3 sets of 20 reps (each leg)
So you’ll do a set of 20 with your right leg. Then take a one minute break, then repeat the exercise with your left leg, followed by another one minute break. You’ll repeat this 3 times.
Step-Ups – 3 sets of 20 reps (each leg)
Just like with lunges, you do 20 reps for your right leg, followed by a short break, and then continue with your left leg, repeating the process until all the sets are finished.
This routine is simple… but incredibly effective for not only giving you a set of killer legs… but also kick-starting your overall fat loss.
Try it out and let me know how you feel. Like always, any questions or concerns, leave a comment in the section below!