3-Minute Workout Before Sleep to Slim Down Your Legs

The exercises that we are going to go over today focus on leg-slimming, something that we can all use after a particularly glutinous holiday season filled with Christmas cookies, pumpkin pie, and way too much eggnog!

Perform these simple movements, developed by celebrity fitness guru Tracy Anderson, 7 days a week for the next 90 days, and you’ll start seeing that yuletide flab turns into bikini-ready muscle. Here’s how to get started…

Work the front of your thighs

Start off by lying with your back facing down to the ground on a flat surface. Bonus points if you have a yoga mat or towel. Relax your arms by your sides with your palms facing down. Next, slowly raise your legs until they reach a 90-degree angle, making sure that your tailbone stays on the floor. If you are not flexible enough to comfortably do this, do not bend your knees! Instead, bring your legs down closer to the floor.

Once you’re in position, engage your thighs as well your core and bend at the knee so that the tips of your toes reach for the floor under you. Alternate between legs and do 10 reps per side. When you are finished, do NOT lower your legs to rest.

Work the backs of your thighs

Begin in the “start” position. Perform the same exercise as the one listed above, but this time do it with your feet flexed and knees slightly bent. Again, do 10 reps per side. If you perform this movement correctly, your heels should either be reaching for or completely touching your buttocks.

Next, go back to the “start” position with your knees slightly bent and raise your lower half towards the ceiling, taking care that you are lifting from your buttocks and that your palms are planted safely on the ground. Ease your tailbone back down to the floor and repeat 20 times.

Work the inner parts of your thighs

Go back to the “start” position, but this time, keep your legs straight up in the air. Cross your right ankle over your left with your core engaged and your thighs pressed firmly together. Next, bend your knees so that your thighs end up parallel to your chest. Do this movement 10 times on each side.

This is a great exercise plan for beginners or folks who simply are low on time—everyone has 3 minutes a day to take care of themselves! If at any point you decide that you are ready to either add more time or amp up the difficulty of your workout routine, check out these comprehensive leg exercises. Here’s to a year of strong, lean legs and more time spent with loved ones!


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