The legs we get are the legs we have to live with. There is no way to stretch out legs and make them longer over time. However, regular exercise and stretches will help make legs look longer. They will appear toned, lean and sculpted. Visually, it will look as if legs are longer. To achieve this goal, you must make these stretches a part of your regular routine and incorporate them into your daily lifestyle or into your workout routine a couple of times a week. After a few weeks, you will start seeing results.
To tone and shape legs and elongate the muscles, stretches and yoga are the best choices rather than exercises that cause bulk. 20 to 30 minutes of exercise each day helps you tone legs and lose weight. Lunges especially, sculpt large muscles by focusing attention on the hips and thighs. As stated on the Beauty Tips website, "The lines created by toning and smoothing the thigh and hip line will add inches to your self confidence."
Stand with hands on your hips or behind your head and with your feet together. Slowly stand on your tiptoes and hold for a few seconds. Then, bend your knees to squat down and lower your body to the floor keeping your back straight. Rise up again onto your tiptoes. This is one squat. Repeat about 20 to 30 times. According to Lifescript, squats are one of the best exercises since they work the quads, hams, glutes and calves, and they help sculpt lean legs.
Stand about two feet away from either a bed or a steady chair that you can lean against. With your back towards the bed or chair, place one of your feet on the edge of it. Touch the surface with the tips of your toes only. Keep hands on hips and start dipping down as low as you can go. Hold for 1 to 2 seconds and dip back up. Do not remove foot from bed. That is one dip. Repeat at least 20 times and switch legs. You will feel the tightness in your thighs and calves.
Lunges are a great stretch for legs since they tone both the thigh muscles and the calves. Stand straight with your feet together. You may use a chair for balance. Make a large step forward with one foot and dip your body, holding your back straight. Keep hands on hips. Dip to the floor but do not touch the floor with your knee. Go as low as you can and hold for about 1 to 2 seconds. Slowly return to the first position with your feet placed together. That is one lunge. Do at least 20 for one leg, and repeat with the other leg. As stated by Lifescript, lunges use most of the leg muscles and require balance.
For an extra challenge, try a side lunge. Follow the directions of a regular lunge, but instead of stepping just forward, for each lunge step back, out to each side and forward. This will further strengthen the muscles in your legs.
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