Fitness: Thigh Toning

9867Want to strengthen your hamstrings and tone your bottom and legs? Me too! Here’s a simple Pilates exercise that’ll tone the back of your thighs and glutes. It also strengthens and lengthens your hips and legs.

To do this exercise you need to lie face down on a mat with your legs extended behind you. Press your legs together and rest the tops of your feet on a mat.

– Prop up your upper body by bending your elbows and resting on your forearms.

– On an inhalation flex your foot and kick your left heel in toward the centre of your left heel in toward the centre of your left buttock with two short pulses. Keep both your upper thighs and your knees pressed together.

– Lower your left leg to the mat, keeping it fully extended, while simultaneously kicking your right foot in towards your right buttock with two short pulses.

If you have a problem with your lower back you can make this movement easier by opening your legs so they are slightly apart or instead of placing your forearm below your shoulders cross them one on top of the other in front of your head and rest your forehead on them.

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