You may be ready for summer but are your legs? With warm weather comes short skirts, shorts and skinny jeans, but if your legs are not in shape these articles of clothing may not be for you. Do you suffer from cankles and pudgy knees? If so, we have developed some helpful tips on how to get skinny legs.
Men, you are not off the hook either. Lean and long muscles in the legs can make you look like you have grown two to three inches overnight. While men typically don’t suffer from excess padding around the ankles, they can accumulate leg fat if overweight. Here are some helpful tips and strategies to get skinny legs this season no matter what gender you are:
Skinny Legs Exercises
The first thing to do when targeting the excess weight on your legs is to lose the extra body fat that surrounds the muscle on your legs. Then, once the fat is gone, building lean muscle mass and toning your legs should be the next goal.
By incorporating cardio exercises and strength training the goal to get skinny legs can be achieved. Choosing a cardio exercise is easy and you should select something you are interested in. One of the best ways to lose weight fast is to ride a bike, tread water in a swimming pool or go for a jog. The exercises should be done consistently in order to be effective. Three to four times a week for cardio is a good starting point.
Don’t overdo the cardio. Running seven days a week will only cause you and your legs to burn out. Your muscles need time to recover and rest.
If a gym membership is not available, jogging outdoors or doing lunges and wall-sits at home can prove effective. Squats and sumo squats (wide leg stance) are also great exercises for toning and can be done in combination with cardio training.
Foods for Skinny Legs
Weight loss is only as effective as the nutrition and must be incorporated for maximum results. Proper nutrition is just as important, if not more, than exercise when it comes to losing weight. Avoiding foods rich in sugar or fructose corn syrup will help in fat loss. Too much sugar in the body produces insulin which makes you even hungrier.
Your diet should be modified to incorporate dark leafy green veggies, fruits high in water, fiber rich grains and breads, whole wheat pastas, and plenty of healthy protein sources. Saturated fats should be avoided and unsaturated fats used. The unsaturated fats will actually help your heart and arteries. Examples of unsaturated fats include olive oil, coconut oil, Omega 3 eggs (great source of protein as well), raw nuts and avocados.
Calcium is also an important element to a healthy diet. Good calcium sources include Greek yogurts, fat free milk, low fat cheeses, and cottage cheese. If you do not eat a lot of dairy you should take a multiple vitamin or supplement containing the necessary calcium levels required.