The 5-Minute Thigh-Toning Exercise You Can Do Anywhere
Some days, the gym is just not the place you want to be. Whether that’s because work is temporarily taking up all your free time, or just that you really need to catch up with the girls (over wine)—we’ve all been there. The good news is that skipping your usual workout doesn’t have to mean letting your fitness results slide. Even better, there are moves you can do from your lounge room that will actually help improve muscle tone. What are these magical moves? We hit up Ben Lucas of Sydney’s Flow Athletic to find out.
Our request: A five-minute thigh exercise we can do anywhere that'll transform our pins into legs Gigi Hadid would be jealous of. Lucas went us one better and Instead delivered three leg-toning moves that can be done even faster. We can't promise you'll look like a long-lost Hadid sister (nude sandals and a bottle of St. Tropez's Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil, $50, can't hurt), but we can guarantee you'll be glad you got your lunge on come Saturday morning when you slide into those denim cut-offs.
Keep scrolling for 3 quick thigh-toning exercises you can do anywhere!
Target area: Inner thighs
1. Stand with your feet together, then squat down pushing your hips back, keeping your chest high, and switching on abs and glutes with your weight directed through your heels.
2. Squat down further as if you are sitting in a low chair, with arms above the head in line with your ears. Hold this contraction for 30 seconds on, 30 seconds rest.
Repeat 3 times.
Target area: Back of thighs
1. Start with feet at hip width. Take a long step forward with your left foot and stand on the balls of both feet. Engage your abs, hold your hips forward and your glutes tight.
2. Inhale and lunge down until the knees drop past 90 degrees. Exhale and push back up 1/3 of the way. Do 30 quick pulses, then swap legs.
Repeat 3 times each leg.
Target area: Front of legs and glutes
1. Lay on the ground, face up with your feet hip-width apart. Bend your knees and bring your heels up close to your glutes.
2. Push up high through your hips, raising them up towards the ceiling. Keep your shoulders on the ground and neck in a comfortable position.
3. Slowly lower hips and repeat.
Do 3 sets of 15 reps with a 20 second rest between sets.