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Slim and Shapely Legs: 5 Ways to Get that Perfect Look

Slim and Shapely Legs: 5 Ways to Get that Perfect Look

Wanting a great looking, beach-ready body is something most people can relate to. However, it’s not all about having flat abs or toned buns. Lean legs are a great compliment to the rest of your look and can provide a sleek silhouette. So how can you achieve those gorgeous gams? There are quite a few ways to get slim, shapely legs depending on how much time you have. Below are five options for getting that lean leg look.

1. Nutrition Matters

Exercise is only part of the battle. What you eat also has an impact on how your body looks. Drinking regular amounts of water can help reduce the appearance of cellulite, as well as cutting back on any smoking and drinking. When trying to gain more slender legs, remake your meals so that you cut between 500 – 1,000 calories a day. Aim for more lean protein, smaller portions, and healthier choices like fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy; no processed foods.

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2. As Easy as Riding a Bike

Riding a bike is a great way to shape your legs and it has added benefits. Biking, like most types of exercise, can help with stress reduction and keep you generally healthier. This activity will help develop the muscles all throughout your legs, making them firm and toned. You can choose a stationary bike for indoor exercise or the outdoor option. You can even choose to ride a bike instead of driving one or two days a week and get your workout that way.

3. Don’t Skip Leg Day

There are a variety of methods you can use in your workout routine. You can try squats, leg rolls, lunges or hip extensions. Pilates is another great choice because it targets your legs. If you’re at the gym, go for the treadmill or elliptical. You’ll want to add in some cardio to burn calories (from 30 to 60 minutes daily). When doing your cardio, focus on leg-specific exercises that raise your heartbeat while keeping your legs moving. If you’re more of a people person, joining a team might be a good option. Sports like ice hockey, basketball and soccer are great for toning legs.

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4. Dress the Part

Maybe you don’t have months to sculpt your legs and need a quick solution. If you’re ready to show off what you’re working with, you can wear nude heels, which give the illusion of longer limbs. Dresses or skirts with hemlines that fall just below the knees will provide added height. Say you’re not really ready to show off your legs but want length, a great maxi dress can provide that look. You’ll definitely want to avoid any hems in the middle of your calf. That cuts your legs in half and makes you look stumpy. Another great accessory to create the effect of long, slender legs is black leggings. The solid color will draw attention to the overall shape and curves of your legs while also making you seem taller.

5. Add a Little Color

Lean legs also benefit from an added bit of color and shaving. You can shave the old fashioned way or use a moisturizing hair removal cream to achieve smoothness. It’s important to keep in mind, regardless of where you get your bronzing (naturally or otherwise), that there are risks. Excess exposure to the sun’s rays can lead to wrinkling and an increased risk of cancer. If you choose to go for a professional spray-tan, it might be a little more expensive than just buying something off the shelf.

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So beautiful legs are really just a few bike rides and smarter meals away. Whether you’ve got one fashionable night in mind or a long-term change, with a few simple tweaks you can achieve the look of slender, gorgeous legs. It’s important to take care of your entire body so that your legs will stand out among all your beautiful features. Show them off bare or through clever wardrobe choices. And don’t forget to get regular pedicures to really compliment your legs.

Featured photo credit: Pexels via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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