We are all about body positivity here at Vukoo -- no one should feel shame for showing some skin and wearing shorts and swimwear in the summer. We believe in fitness and eating healthy because it makes us feel good, and because exercise and a wholesome diet have been proven to better for our bodies.
Similarly, there is no shame in wanting to tone up for the summer season. As long as you remember that your body is beautiful as it is, stepping up your leg workouts (no pun intended) can be equally challenging and rewarding. Here are a few of our favorite leg workouts for staying toned in the summer:
1. Squats & Lunges
We have to start with squats and lunges because, well, they're squats and lunges. Both have forever been the exercise of choice for strengthening and toning legs. Aim for completing three to five sets a few days a week. For an added challenge, hold weights or do your lunges with one foot balanced on a Bosu ball.
2. Box Jumps
For an exercise that will tone your legs and increase your heart rate, try some box jumps. You can do these with plyometric boxes or any stable (and safe) surface. If you've never tried a box jump before, start with a small step to get a feel for it. Increase the height only as you become comfortable. We like incorporating these into HIIT workouts. Check out our weekend playground workout for a serious leg burner.
3. Uphill Sprints
Looking to up your cardio game even more? Try doing some uphill sprints this summer. It's as straightforward as it sounds--simply run up as fast as you can up a hill. If you don't have any hills near you, you could also go to your local football track and run some stairs. We promise either workout will leave your legs burning (in the best way possible).
4. Spin Class
Looking to escape the sun and heat? Try taking a spin class a few days a week this summer. We even wrote about the benefits of cycling, just in case you need some reasons to try it out. Hint: It's great for toning your legs.