Your legs are the foundation of your body. A strong lower body is crucial to performance – whether you’re looking to improve your sports performance, gym work, or just daily functional fitness. Below I have listed 3 great leg exercises you can do from home.
Yesterday, I promised myself before going to bed to wake up first thing in the morning and go to the gym. However, plans got in the way when my toddler woke up at 3am and kept me up all night. The result? That morning I was unmotivated, tired, and downright grumpy. Within our busy day, how do we consistently fit in a workout that works with our schedule?
The good news is that these exercises are leg workouts you can do from home. And these workouts will eliminate all of those never-ending excuses that stand between us and a healthier, happier lifestyle.
These leg workout exercises are guaranteed to work your core muscles and improve your balance. Please note that I recommend warming up for about 5 minutes to prevent tearing a muscle. You don’t want to start your exercise only to quickly end it. That being said, please see below for my 3 favorite workouts.
One of the best leg exercises you can do at home. Start by keeping the upper body straight with shoulders back and eyes straight ahead. Step forward with one leg, then lower the hips until your knees are at 90-degree angles. Keep the front knee above the ankle and the other knee not quite touching the floor. Come straight up and then repeat with the other leg. If you want more of a challenge, try holding weights. Or, in my case, water bottles.
For a demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOVaHwm-Q6U
Bulgarian Split Squats
It’s time to make those legs burn! All you need is a chair or a bench. The Bulgarian Split Squat is going to help stretch the rear leg while strengthening your front leg. Try standing lunge-length in front of a bench or chair. Lower your body until your rear knee nearly touches the floor and your front thigh is parallel to the floor. This will build some serious muscle in your legs. Add weights if you’re ready to up your game.
To watch how the professionals do it, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Aqeb8UHl4k
It’s not quite a squat. (Don’t worry – I hate squats as much as you do.) Yet this lovely little exercise is simple yet effective. Take a step out to the side (laterally) and keep your weight on your butt while squatting for just a short second. Then do the next leg, and back again. This will strengthen both your quads and glutes.
To watch how it’s done correctly, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwWv7aPcD88
Did these leg exercises help? Take your time with each repetition and add weights to really feel each muscle of your legs burn. Now, wherever you are, you can have a great leg workout from home with no equipment required. For more clever ways to get fit without using a gym membership, read this post.
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