Adopt A Fitness Routine In Your Lifestyle: Tone Up Your Thighs And Belly With Seated Leg Raises

Adopt A Fitness Routine In Your Lifestyle:  Tone Up Your Thighs And Belly With Seated Leg Raises
How to perform Seated Leg Raises:
  • Keep your legs and arms straight in front of you (arms  parallel to your legs).
  • Ensure that you are sitting on your sitting bones.
  • Now  lift your right leg up with inhale bending  your right elbow at the same time as shown.
  • Gaze at your right arm and hold in the same position for 10 seconds.
  • Slowly exhale and lower down the leg.
  • Repeat the same with the left side.
  • Practice it for 3-3 times on each side.
Expert Advice:
  • Keep your chest open and broad throughout the movement.
  •  Avoid any sinking or closing in of the chest. 
  • Draw your shoulder blades gently together to assist the broadening of the chest. 
  • When you master one level, try the next one. 
  • You can point or flex the foot.
  •  Try half of the repetitions with a flexed foot and half with a pointed foot for some variation. 
  • This will also strengthen the ligaments of the ankle and foot in both positions. 
  • To increase the intensity, try pulsing your leg up and down at the top range of the leg lift taking the support of your palms behind your back.
Do not perform:
  • If you have weak muscles or have not exercised before, there is tendency to arch your lower back or use your shoulder and neck muscles to lift your legs instead of the stomach muscles.
Benefits:
  • Tones and strengthens leg muscles
  • Stretches the quadriceps and hamstrings
  • Strengthens the lower back
  • Tones stomach muscles so good for weight loss from thighs and belly
  • Massages the organs of the abdomen
  • Improves digestion, absorption of nutrients, and elimination of toxins from the body.

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