Did you know that you can simply lift your legs at home to help you lose weight.
You would think that we lift our legs every day, right?
We walk, go up and down the stairs and get in and out of our chairs. but, we do not use our legs as much as we think. At least, we do not use them in a way where it becomes beneficial to our health and appearance.
I experience this with every new client of mine. Almost all my new clients have a problem at first lifting (never mind holding) a straight leg higher than their hip joint for more than 30 seconds.
Try to doing this sitting and it becomes even more challenging.
I come from a background of kickboxing and I know how much energy kicking takes. That is why I use multiple variations of leg lifts when I train my clients. There are many benefits to it.
First off it’s a compounding exercise where we use multiple groups of muscles at the same time. The more muscle groups you use, the more oxygen you intake. The more oxygen you use, the more free fatty acids you oxygenate. Therefore, you’re burning more fat. That is of course if you have no sugar in your blood for some time and your fatty acids left your fat cells.
When you lift your legs, you not only just use big muscles in your legs, you also train your core as a secondary muscle group. Lifting your legs will also helps loosen and stretch your antagonist muscles in your legs. This is great not just for elasticity but also for your longevity.
For an exercise, try to do 3-5 sets of lifting your straight legs for 30 reps, forward, side and back as high as you can and see how it feels next day. Enjoy!