Lower body workout doesn’t have to be all squats and lunges or working on the treadmill to tone those muscles because you can actually tighten those loose muscles with the help of a resistance band. This stretchy material adds more resistance to your workout to engage more muscles in the process thereby speeding up the process of getting well-defined lower body. Sounds good? Here are some resistance band workouts for you to try.
Prone leg extension
In this exercise, go down on all fours with the center of the band looped under your right foot and the ends held in each hand. Keep your back straight and your core engaged as you raise your right leg and extend it behind you. Do the same thing with the other leg.
Lateral band walks
Another lower body tightening workout that you should add to your routine is the lateral band walks. Stand with your resistance band looped around your ankles. If you want to add more challenge to this exercise, you can criss-cross the band by holding one end in your left then looped on your right foot going to the left foot and looped around it with the end held in your right hand. Go into a half squat then take a big step to the left with your left foot. Now bring your other leg closer by a half step so that there will still be resistance in the band. Walk 10 steps to the left then go back to the right with the right foot leading.
Take your squats to a whole new level of challenge by looping your band around your waist with the ends tied under your feet. Make sure that there is resistance in the band. While engaging your core, push your hips back then bend your knees to go into a squat. Now push yourself upwards until you feel tightness in the band. You should do 10 to 12 reps to complete a set.
Prone hamstring curls
Another workout that can tone your leg muscles is the prone hamstring curls. Tie one end of the resistance band against a pole or door with the other end looped around your ankle. Lie down on the floor on your belly with your forearms crossed in front of you. You can rest your head on your arms if you like. Tighten your core as you raise the leg with the band looped on the ankle towards your butt. This works the hamstring. Do 10 reps for this leg then transfer the resistance band to the other ankle and repeat.
Do 3 to 5 sets for each with 30 seconds intervals in between to give your muscles the burn that they need to get rid of excess fat. Make sure that you secure the bands properly to avoid getting into accidents.