This area is so easy to shape up because we're using them every day. Seriously you can make a huge difference to your legs in about 5 weeks. Don't forget to consult your doctor before performing any exercise routines and always do warm up and cool down stretches.
Aswell as the leg exercises I’ll be sharing with you in the coming months, walking is also amazing for shaping the legs. Buy a pedometer and walk (safely) as much as you can. Use the stairs not the lifts, extend your daily dog walk by 10 minutes - every little helps - take baby out of the car baby seat and into the pushchair instead and get walking. Whatever suits your lifestyle. Aim for the recommended 10,000 steps a day and feel that fabulous sense of achievement when you reach it and even surpass it.
Walking is free and effective. I recall a former male colleague once telling me that the best pair of legs he’d ever seen on a woman belonged to a golf caddy whose only form of exercise was walking the greens. So there’s your proof!
Walking at a moderate pace for 30-60 minutes burns stored fat and can build muscle which speeds up your metabolism. Walking just an hour a day is also associated with cutting your risk of heart disease, breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes and strokes.
"To optimise the fat burning, walk continuously for 30 minutes or more. This will cover 1.5 to 2 miles at a brisk walking pace."
Tip: the best pace is to be able to carry on a conversation in full sentences at a pace you’d use if you were 10 minutes late for an appointment. By walking most days of the week you’ll burn an extra 1000 to 3000 calories per week and improve your metabolism each day. Wow! Just by walking!
Your weight and the distance you walk determine the calories you burn. Walking speed is more important than distance and weight. So to give you an idea you’ll burn 100 calories per mile as a person weighing around 12 stone and 65 calories for a person weighing around 8 ½ stone.
One chocolate bar will take you 3-5 miles to walk off so step away from the choccies!
If you find yourself worn out take a day off. But be sure to get back walking the following day.
Start with walking at an easy pace for 5-10 minutes. Then walk at a brisk pace for 30-60 minutes. Cool down at a slower pace for 5 minutes. Finish with some gentle stretches. Go on you can do it!
Don’t forget to consult your doctor before performing any exercise routines and always do warm up and cool down stretches.