4 moves to long, lean legs and a littler middle
Hanging in every women's closet is a pair of jeans, you know the ones, that keep you in check and have been the barometer of your weight and how you feel about yourself. Yes, I am talking about the skinny jeans. And nearly every woman I know has struggled with her relationship with her hips and legs at some point in time. While they have been physically supporting you all your life they have probably let you down on occasion, forcing you to hide inside a pair boyfriend jeans. But boyfriend jeans are better left to the boys. These four moves are designed to get you confidently reaching past the cobwebs in your closet and sliding into your most figure-flattering skinny jeans—fast.
My top moves for scoring swoon-worthy legs:
Perform the following moves as many times as you can in 30 seconds. Do not rest in between each move. Repeat the moves for up to 3 cycles.
1. Charlie's angels: Start in a traditional lunge, with your right foot forward and your left foot in the back with a slight bend in both knees. Extend your arms out directly in front of your body while interlocking your hands together. In one sweeping motion drop your body into a deep lunge position (with your back knee resting 2 to 3 inches off of the ground) while simultaneously twisting your hips and arms towards the right as far as you can. Hold for a second. Then, return to the original starting position. Perform 30 seconds on the right and left side.
2. Scissor kicks: Again, start in a traditional lunge position with your right foot forward and left foot in the back with a slight bend in both knees. Next, just like the Charlie's Angels, extend both arms out in front of you. This time have both palms facing the floor. Quickly, lower your body by bending your knees and, as you return back to the starting position, swing your left leg in one sweeping linear motion as high as possible (your hands being your goal). Retract, the left leg to its original position and repeat as many times as possible in 30 seconds. Switch sides and repeat.
3. Rockin' the cradle: Start in the lunge position with your right foot in front and your left foot in back (both knees slightly bent). Place both hands on your hips. Then, quickly drop into a deep lunge position. As you return to your original position attempt to drive your right knee as high as you can. (Your body will naturally "rock" slightly backwards). Softly, land your right foot back in its original position. Repeat 30 seconds with the right foot before switching to you left side.
4. Double backs: Start with both feet slightly wider than shoulder width. Then, spring forward as far as you can jump. Upon, landing squat down as far as possible. As you rise back out of the squat jump two times backwards. Repeat as many times as possible in 30 seconds.