With winter finally gone and summer fast approaching, its time to start working on getting some sexy summer legs!
Beauty writer Yasemin Trollope shares 5 top tips to achieve the ultimate soft and sexy summer legs!
Tip 1: Nix The Naughty Stuff
It's time to get clean! Foods that are processed, high in refined sugar and salt, and packed with refined carbs are a no-no if you want perfect pins by summer. The brutal truth: they promote increased body fat. Switch these calorie-packed options for nutrient dense foods like leafy green vegetables (hello, green smoothies), fibre-filled whole grains, berries, salmon and lean protein instead.
Tip 2: Make Lateral Movements Your Mate
If your trainer isn't tormenting you with lateral movements find a new one. Immediately. Moves with funky names like reverse crossover lunges, toe squats and single leg deadlifts shape and tone your inner thighs and bum, making your limbs look long, lean and toned.
Tip 3: Go Upside Down
The power of yoga goes far beyond bendy limbs and a calm mind, it's also ace at influencing every system in your body - especially when you go upside down. Inversions are said to work on your cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous and endocrine systems simultaneously, increasing circulation from your head to your feet, removing toxins and waste products, strengthening your immune systems and increasing vitality. How does this affect your legs? It gives them a break, allows blood to flow more freely and removes toxic buildup.
Tip 4: Boost Circulation
Your legs are considered your second heart, cleverly pumping blood through your veins back up the body and defying gravity. How exhausting. Give them a helping hand with Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS), which helps boost your circulation, reduce swelling (no cankles here) and alleviate foot aches. Looking for a product? Try Revitive LV, $229.
Tip 5: Fake It 'Til You Make It
They say if you can't tone it, tan it. So while you're busy boosting circulation, lying with your feet up the wall or practicing your lateral leg movements, make time to apply a layer of self-tanner on the legs to hide everything from stretch marks and scars to cellulite. Glowing skin instantly makes your legs look slimmer and gives off that I'm-a-fit-outdoorsy-type aura. It also draws attention to your natural muscle definition, making you look fit and fabulous. Use an application mitt to ensure the product is evenly distributed, as tan marks are never a good thing.