Slowly bend your knee as you move your left leg forward, as if you’re climbing a mountain. Alternate with your right leg. Be conscious of the way you inhale and exhale and avoid drooping your back. It should be on level with your pelvis as you keep moving your legs forward.
6. Leg-slimming lunge
This exercise mainly targets your hips, hamstrings, quads, buttocks, and calves but it can also firm up your shoulders and biceps, as well as your abs. Stand firmly with your legs far apart. Then move your left leg forward, with your knees bent to 90 degrees.
Align your left knee to your left ankle as you lunge. Hold this position for three seconds. Then bring your left leg back into the starting position and repeat with the other leg. To burn fat more effectively, swing dumbbells with your arms as you lunge and do 10 reps for each side.
7. Leg swing with a resistance band
Use an elastic resistance band to make these exercises more challenging. This promotes muscle toning and brings similar results as using traditional gym equipment, as per a study on the European Journal of Sport Science. Place the band around your ankles when you do your leg swings. The tighter it is, the more you have to push forcefully so you can strengthen and tone your lower leg muscles. Do at least 16 reps for each leg.