6 Steps to Lean, Lovely Legs
Get ready for warmer weather with gorgeously groomed gams!
Whether it’s that your stems haven’t seen the sun in six months, you haven’t bothered to shave since Christmas, or your once-defined ankles have seemingly become one with your calves, baring your bottom half can be bleak, to say the least. So before you let your legs get the best of you, here’s SHAPE’s six-pronged “F-Factor” guide to getting your gams toned, tanned, and smoothed with time to spare before summer!
“Don’t underestimate this simple activity,” says Jolene Matthews, who trains The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Jacqueline Laurita. She recommends skipping steps (i.e. two at a time) on a staircase of about a dozen. Take ten trips to the top and you’ll burn about 200 calories (plus work your abs, butt, and legs all at the same time).
Matthews also recommends something you may have done without realizing its leg-shaping benefits–dancing! “There’s a reason why dancers all have amazing legs. It’s the perfect activity. It gets your heart rate up and firms the legs,” she adds.
Other exercises that offer leaner legs in just a few weeks? Squats, lunges, jumping rope, and walking on an incline on the treadmill.