Legs: they’re easily neglected and, although it might not seem it after a very long, cold winter, quickly saved. All it takes is a little effort, so here are my six steps to getting the very best legs ahead of the big summer reveal.
1. Tone up
First thing’s first, the sooner you can get your legs moving, the better they’re going to look come warm weather. Dance-inspired workouts – think ballet and tap – are low impact, which means they’re good for even the weakest of legs and can help tone quickly, not to mention they are a lot of fun, too.
One of my favourite classes is with Beth Nicely, who’s a tap dancing extraordinaire and teaches at Body by Simone too, as well as holding her own completely dance-focused classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York. I always find the classes so much fun, but they also really help improve posture whilst toning the bottom and legs at the same time, a great all over body workout.
Ballet-inspired classes, like Barrecore, will also help lengthen and they can really help define and sculpt the legs, particularly the upper thighs and calves. I recommend the Sculpt class which uses resistance bands to amp up muscle burn.
There is no debating the power of a good scrub; it’s the simplest way to get legs glowing again after a long winter. Getting rid of dead skin cells – which can make skin look dull and scaly – is the aim of the game.
It might sound like a hard task right now but there are plenty of ways to streamline your legs and they start at home. If you’re religious about it, body brushing can have a massive effect on cellulite and stubborn dead skin cells, try Elemis’ Body Detox Skin Brush.
A little moisture goes a long way and I always make sure moisturise my legs (and feet!) every day. Look for creams and lotions that aren’t sticky, which absorb quickly into the skin. I like to avoid things with artificial fragrance in them too as it can be irritating on the skin.
6. Boost circulation
Puffy ankles and leg are a common problem for a lot of people during summer, especially if you’ve been travelling a lot. Spend some time to relax your muscles and rid the body of excess fluid, it will make a big difference to the appearance of your legs.