Ever since embarking on my journey to get fit (again) a year and a half ago, I’ve really made it a priority to learn about nutrition and muscle definition and all the factors that go into having a fit body. While I’ll likely never sport a 6-pack on my stomach (thanks kids) and am definitely not looking to enter any body building competitions, I am learning that strong is the new sexy. Where I used to strive for a slim physique, I now aim for a toned body and a maintainable weight. With summer on it’s way, I’ve really been focusing on those areas that I keep covered during the winter months….like my legs. While I’d like to say I hit the gym every day, it’s simply not true but the good news is I’ve put together an easy at-home summer ready legs workout that I’m so excited to share as well as some tips on how to manage muscle pain and keep pushing towards fitness goals!
It’s only fair that I tell you this journey to get strong has not been easy. Getting skinny I can do. But building muscle and toning my body has resulted in aches and pains that can slow me down and even sideline me. Let me note that it’s always important to pay attention to the signs your body is giving you. Working through discomfort is OK…working through severe pain is not. I’ve learned the difference over the years with a herniated disk and sciatica (yes, seriously). Through this I’ve learned the difference between pain that should be seen my a doctor and pain that simply means I’m achieving my goals. So I know my body’s limits. I also know how to treat sore muscles, sore joins, strains and sprains with help from Biofreeze® Topical analgesics. But before we get there, let me share with you four simple exercise that are easy to do, quick and can help ensure you have summer ready legs!
These exercises are not all inclusive but hit the major muscle areas to tons the legs. First, start by grabbing some leg weights…nothing too heavy but just enough to offer resistance and help build muscle.
Then, try the following exercises in sets of 10 on each side with a sixty-second break in between. Initially I would do one set per side of each exercise but over time, I’ve worked up to three sets on each side.
Reverse Leg Lifts
So, let’s get started with the back of the legs and the booty! After all, that’s gonna be important in those summer short and bathing suits! For this exercise, I stand straight and place my hands on my hips. Then I raise my leg backwards with ankle weights on in a set of ten, repeating on the opposite side.
This is a great toning exercise that targets several area are really help to tone summer ready legs.
I’ll admit, these are where most of my muscle pain comes from but, man, are they effective! To start, I stand on one leg and get balanced with my leg weights on. Then I simply raise onto my tiptoe and then cone back down onto my heel ten times.
I will admit that balancing on this exercise can be challenging but the more I do it, the easier it becomes and it’s great for toning those calf muscles to get them looking fab for summer!
Inner Thigh Lifts
All of us women of course want toned thighs. I’ll admit that it’s one of my biggest trouble areas so I really like to focus on the inner thigh lifts. They are as simple as standing with my legs together and then raising my legs outward with weights around my ankles.
I’m immediately able to feel the burn with this exercise and even when I do it consistently, I’m always surprised at how much a few simple sets will do!
So….squats. I’m not a huge fan when I’m doing them but afterwards, I love the feeling and definition that this exercise gives my legs. To do my squats, I place my legs shoulder length apart and squat my booty down towards the ground, keeping my back straight.
A few sets of this exercise will really have you feeling the burn!
Treating Sore Muscles Post Summer Leg Ready Workout
When doing my summer legs ready workout, I’m often surprised at sore muscles and sore joints. In fact, it can often cause my back and hip pain that’s associated with exercise to flare. But for years I’ve known the secret to getting pain relief from exercise and arthritis is with Biofreeze®. I’ve actually been using Biofreeze® for about 7 years now, ever since my chiropractor recommended it for muscle pain and stiffness, especially after exercise. As a safe and effective pain relief alternative that is non-systemic, non-narcotic and contains no non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, salicylates or addictive substances, it’s a perfect choice for my minor pains that are caused by things like sore muscles, backaches, sore joint, strains, sprains and bruises!
Available in a variety of of forms including Biofreeze® Continuous 360 Degree Spray, Gel and Roll-On, these pain relief treatments that are as effective as ice but without the drippy bags come in both the signature Biofreeze® green and colorless (dye-free) forms and don’t require a prescription! Even better, where I used to have to visit my doctor or chiropractor to purchase this remedy that contains USP grade menthol to provide fast acting pain relief, I’m now able to purchase paraben and propylene glycol free Biofreeze® in major retail locations! I love keeping my Biofreeze® Roll-on close by for quick and easy pain relief that doesn’t make a mess when it’s applied while still delivering the cooling relief that I love.
But I have to say that honestly, my favorite Biofreeze® is the tradition gel. Just knowing that I’m able to squeeze out the cool relief and massage it into sore muscles gives me the confidence to know that whatever pains my workout brings, I’m ready! As soon as my workout is done, I reach for my Biofreeze® and massage it gently into my leg muscles to get cooling relief right where I need it. That’s why, with it’s variety of forms that are perfect for throwing in my gym bag, keeping at home or even storing in my car, I’m able to achieve pain relief that I can trust when I need it and where I need it with Biofreeze®!
With it’s fast acting, penetrating for cooling relief formula, I never worry that minor pain from exercise will slow me down. Instead, I’m able to quickly and easily sooth tired and sore muscles and relieve pain in a way that I know works. Honestly, my fitness routine hasn’t had this exciting of an addition in as long as I can remember and I’m loving having the confidence to push harder and do more, knowing that I’ll have relief for my tired muscles in the many forms of Biofreeze®.
Whether you’re trying to get summer ready legs like me or simply wanting to be more active and go further without worrying about pain associated with arthritis, backaches, sore muscles, sore joints, sprains, strains and bruises, I highly recommend that you keep Biofreeze® on hand to help relieve pain and offer cooling bliss to tired muscles from exercise. To find out where you can purchase Biofreeze® near you, be sure to click here!
Then tell me, how can Biofreeze® help you make more of your exercise routine?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.