There is nothing quite like feeling confident about your legs. Keeping one’s legs strong and beautiful is always worth the effort, as they are our main mobility engines.
Here are 12 of the best tips on what to do, practically, to take care of ones’ legs all year long.
- Know your skin
People have different types of skin and for every skin there is a specific type of cream or treatment. If you are unsure or simply have some questions regarding your skin type, you can make a visit to your dermatologist to ask about your skin type, your circulation, and the right creams and treatments that might be right for you.
There are a lot of leg exercises one can do such as walking lunges, deadlifts, hamstring curls and more. There are also many specifically focused to hit the inner thigh zone, which is difficult to work on, including the extended leg lift.
Luckily one has options for where to work out, whether it is at the gym, an at home workout, or using apps to support their fitness regime on the go. There are many online apps available these days, such as the 30 Day Fitness Challenge app that provides some of the best inner thigh exercises and tailored ‘toned leg’ exercise guides.
- Avoid standing or sitting for too long
If you stand for too long, this could encourage the development of varicose veins. Sitting for too long can also affect the overall health of your legs, as movement is important! Remember to go for a little walk whenever you can, or if you really cannot stand or go for a stroll, you can always raise your legs from under your desk and move them, rotate or move your feet back and forth, for some benefit while helping blood circulation. As explained by Protalus, shoe insoles with contoured cushioning allow the weight of your body to be redistributed over a larger surface, which is why inserts are recommended if you want to relieve the pressure and shock of each step when going on walks and staying active.
- Eat healthy
The legs are a common place to carry excess weight. So if you want to slim down and tone your legs, pay extra attention to the foods you eat. Some may cause water retention, some other can be fatty and make you gain too much weight which will then affect your blood circulation which may cause additional problems. Always opt for fresh and healthy veggies and fruits, avoid sugars both in foods and drinks and avoid smoking.
A proper scrub is important to exfoliate your skin as it removes dead skin and acts as a massage that will also improve your blood circulation, leaving your legs silky. If you undertake hair removal, this is an especially important step!
- Dry brush
Dry brushing is a way to exfoliate as well as it promotes circulation and improves the appearance of your skin.
- Shave and moisturize
…speaking of hair removal. It is important to find a method, if you choose to do so, that works for you. Be consistent with whichever method you choose so that your body gets used to it and you are removing hair on the same growth cycle. Remember to moisturize, using the correct cream for your skin type and needs!
- Drink water and reduce salt
When you are properly hydrated and reduce your salt intake, you help to avoid excess water retention and swelling. Many people notice a difference in their ankles and in their feet when they do so, so always have a water bottle with you and fill it up as many times as you can during your day.
We all deserve a little pampering every now and then, and this doesn’t need to be anything over the top! If you can, check out special treatments, massages and acupuncture that are designed to help support your legs.
- Don’t forget your feet!
As you are caring for your legs, it’s important to not forget your feet! It’s more common to do so during the summer months, but don’t neglect them in the winter. Wear shoes that give you proper support (the rest of your body will thank you), and apply the above tips to your feet, as well.
While this may seem like a lot, it does not take a lot of effort to take care of ones’ legs. It can actually be fun and relaxing in addition to being really beneficial. So, as you do your normal exercise and self-care routines, just add a bit of extra effort to care for your legs. You’ll surely see and feel a difference in how strong and beautiful they look!