Top 5 exercises to tone your lower half

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 02, 2015

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  • Leg lifts is one of the best exercises to work out your legs.
  • Lunges help develop the thighs and strengthen the hips.
  • Squats train the muscles of the thighs and hips.
  • Forward bend and rope skipping can also tone your lower half.

Most guys work out for ripped abs and gigantic biceps, while women do it to get rid of weight-related woes. Besides working out to achieve a specific fitness goal, you must not forget that toning the lower half of body is as important. Legs, glutes and butt workout give your lower body a curvier appearance and enhance your overall look.

There are many ways you can work on your lower half. Here are some of the best exercises that maximize the strength potential and take care of the toning.


Rope Skipping

Jumping rope is a whole body workout, and can also significantly improve the strength of your lower half. Start with the rope behind you and the arms relaxed at your sides. Using your wrists, turn the rope. As the rope passes overhead and approaches your feet, jump over the rope. As it circles around, repeat the motion.


rope skipping


Leg Lift

Stand facing a chair and raise your right leg. Your knee must face up, foot flexed and heel on the seat. Don’t lock your standing knee as you lift your right foot off the chair. Straighten the leg until you feel the stretches. Keeping your lifted leg in the air, bend the leg on the floor slightly and then straighten it again. Do 10-15 reps for a set.


Stand with feet hip-width apart. Step forward with your right foot approximately 2 feet. Lift your left foot up slightly and bend both of your knees at the same time. Stop at a 90 degree angle and pause in that position for 3 seconds. Push off of your right heel to rise and return your right leg to the initial position. Repeat with other leg.




Forward Bend

Stand with feet hip-width apart and hands on your hips. Bend forward at the hips so that you are lengthening the front and your head is near your feet. Try to reach your feet with your hands. Hold the position for half a minute. Release by placing your hands on your hips and return to the starting position in a controlled motion.



Stand with your back to a chair and feet a hip-width distance. Keep your weight centred on your heels and draw in your abs. Get forward at the hips and lower your butt slowly towards the chair. Pause right before you would sit down for 2 seconds. Return to initial position in a controlled motion and repeat.




You can switch between these above exercises for working out your lower body. Moreover, these exercises ensure that you don’t have to spend all the time doing leg workouts.



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