Did you read our interview a little while back, with the founder of Hey Jo, Joanne Admiraal? Her brilliant ‘Cassini’ leggings are my favourites for the gym. As far as we are concerned Jo is the expert on ensuring your legs are as toned and shapely as possible, and therefore showing off your Hey Jo leggings to the best effect!
As part of our week of health and wellbeing focussed posts, we asked Jo for her insight into how to make the best of our pins pre-Christmas, in readiness for all of those bodycon party outfits. Here’s what she suggests, whilst wearing a pair of Hey Jo leggings obviously!
“We are always on the hunt for exciting new leg exercises but sometimes you can’t go past a few old favourites. Here are 3 of the simplest and most effective leg exercises to help build long, lean muscles. You can do them in the gym or in the comfort of your own home and after a few weeks you will notice a difference.”
1. Toe Walk Grab yourself a pair of heavy dumbbells and hold them by your sides at arm’s length. Raise your heels and walk in a circle for 60 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds and repeat 3 times.
2. Swiss Ball Hip Raise Lie faceup on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on a Swiss Ball. Raise your hips so your body forms a straight line from your shoulders to your knees. Slowly lift one knee to your chest then lower back to the start, and lift your other knee to your chest. Continue to alternate back and forth for 6o seconds.
3. Pistol Squat Stand holding your arms straight out in front of your body at shoulder level, parallel to the floor. Raise your right leg off the floor, and hold it there. Push your hips back and lower your body as far as you can. Pause, then push your body back to the starting position. Repeat 5 times on each leg. This exercise is a tricky one and can require a lot of patience to execute.
And after all of that you’ll need one of those fabulous Botanic Lab isotonic drinks, or a mince pie…