Great Exercises to Tone
the Lower Body
The following are
the top ten exercises to tone the lower body:
1.) The Squat-we all
hate it but it is the king of lower body exercises. Targets the quads,
hamstrings, as well as the backside.
deadlifts-nothing beats this exercise in regards to increasing hamstring
flexibility, as well as targeting the backside.
exercise for toning the quads. Try taking longer, deeper strides to target not
only the quads but the backside as well.
calve raises to target the lower leg. Really targets the calves and gets a great
"burn." 5)Leg extensions-great exercise for toning the quads. Increases muscular
strength and endurance in the muscles surrounding the knee, preventing knee
exercise for the backside and quads.
7)Lying hamstring curls
(prone curls)-great for the hamstrings.
for tightening the quads.
tightening the outer thighs.
the inner thighs.
Ask your trainer about
these great exercises for the lower body, and as always, train hard!!!
We all know that it is important to stretch, however, why is it so important?
What are the benefits of stretching, and when should stretching be performed?
These are just a couple of questions you may have pertaining to stretching.
Stretching is very beneficial and should be included in everyone's training
regimen. Stretching relaxes your mind and tunes up your body, and should be
included as part of your daily routine. Regular stretching has many benefits
such as the following: reduces muscle tension and makes the body feel more
relaxed, helps coordination by allowing for freer and easier movement, increases
range of motion, prevents injuries such a muscle strains, makes strenuous
activities such as running, skiing, tennis, etc, easier by preparing the body
for activity, develops body awareness, promotes circulation, and it feels good.
Stretching can be done any time you feel like it: at work, in a car, waiting for
a bus, or even at the beach. Stretching before and after physical activity is
very important, but also stretch at various times of the day such as the
following: in the morning to start your day, at work to release nervous tension,
after sitting or standing for a long time, when you feel stiff, etc. Stretching
is very easy to learn. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to stretch.
The right way is a relaxed, sustained stretch with your attention focused on the
muscles being stretched. The wrong way is to bounce up and down, or to stretch
to the point of pain, which can actually do more harm than good. If you stretch
correctly and regularly you will no doubt find that your muscles feel more