From Leggings Legs to Gorgeous Gams
Here at TVC, we love leggings. We love primary color spandex leggings, leggings with side zips and leggings that sit low on the hips. We love leggings under dresses and leggings paired with print. So when the arrival of spring prompted a seasonal wardrobe swap, we reluctantly folded up our leggings, sighed, and realized that life sans leggings meant we would be forced to bare our, um, legs. Gasp.
In retrospect, it may have been a good idea to periodically use our leggings for their original purpose, the gym, at least a few times last winter. While our leggings went out for dirty martinis, weekend brunch, movies and even made a cameo at Fashion Week, our legs were sadly neglected. This coupled with the dangerous fact that leggings’ stretchy material and surprising comfort sneakily disguised our seasonal stem shape changes. AKA weight gain.
While denim provides unforgiving reminders of that extra pint of beer or holiday cookie binge, leggings stretch to fit, allowing for both neglect and denial. That same neglect and denial ended up on the back of our thighs and may have even found a home on our calves. Gross. But exhale, for hope is not lost. Here are some tips to immediately glam up your gams.
1) Bare them often. Do not hide your leggings-induced looseness as much as it pains you to show. The more you are aware of your actual leg shape, the more motivated you will be to make a positive change.
2) Walk everywhere. This might mean waking up fifteen minutes early or getting to work fifteen minutes late, but increasing your daily mileage by a mile or two a day will make a huge difference come bikini time.
3) The gym. Amount of actual gym time will depend on the severity of your leggings legs. Running is the quickest way to both lose weight and tone up your leggies. If you can’t run (bad knees, weak stomach, fearful aversion), then try for 30-45 minutes of other cardio per workout.
4) Maintain a consistent diet. Logically, if you add 30 minutes of walking and a couple extra days at the gym, you should be able to get great legs in a few weeks without changing your eating habits. If you aren’t sure of your dietary requirements visit www.usda.gov to calculate your daily nutrition requirements and healthy BMI.
5) Then strut into spring smiling and proud of your shapely stems. And remember, for next winter: It’s easier to maintain than retrain!
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