First of all, I am not that big on exercises at all, but some asked what all I do so this is my own personal work-out plan.
I do not believe in going to the gym, for any exercises that you can do to get what you need, you can do so in the comfort of your own home (most part).
Hope some of these help you out in some way. :)
Walking is what I believe to be the best way to get legs in their best shape.
By shape, what I refer to is a slender lean look, as I never wanted muscular look what so ever.
First prepare for the walk.
Comfort is key but so is making sure you can do everything possible to get every benefit you can out of the exercise (yes, walking is an exercise.)
First off, I start by wearing tights, or a very controlling pair of pantyhose.
This helps to control the shape of your legs for slightly better definition, and also gives your muscles a slight massage with every step you make.
The second part is a good pair of pants.
Rotate between a looser fitting nylon track style pant, and a tight pair of jeans.
Wearing the looser fitting pant will enhance the massage effect of the tights, where as the tighter fitting jeans will help with shape control.
Walking a half hour to an hour a day is plenty to get the muscles warmed up to a shaping level, yet not so much to bulk your legs up with muscle.
This also gives you an excuse to go outside and get some fresh air, and in the day time with the sun shining, your skin gets essential nutrients given out by the sun, which is important for a healthier glowing appearance.
I do this or try to 3 times per week and recommend the same.
Lighten yourself by lightening your mood.
Feeling good gives you a more positive outlook on life, relieves stress, tension, and hey, if it gets you through the day and gets you smiling, the next day will start out all that much better.
Did you ever notice that, for those of you that go out dancing, that when you are you feel good, even just for that moment, you do feel good?
Dancing is also an incredible exercise that really works the body just enough to get muscles warmed up, yet, not to a level of becoming bulked up, plus, it just makes you feel good no matter what you dance to.
Well, you do not need a club for this, all you need is a little free space, your favorite cds or a computer with speakers, and a reason to do it.
Reason? Well, any exercise burns calories, and if it's a non bulking exercise, you loose weight and feel great. So now you got the reason. ;)
Just pop on whatever music you like or want to dance to and dance the time away, whatever style you want to dance to, just let the vibes take control and let your body do the talking.
Do this for about a half hour to an hour, then see how the mood is gone to a much better one, more positive, more in tune to yourself by dancing to the music you like in the safety and anonymity of your own home.
I do this and recommend it 3 times a week.
Actual gym style workouts:
I'm not so big on these but this is my routine whenever I do them.
The workouts I do are sit-ups, pushups, jumping jacks, and burpees.
Start out with doing 10 sit-ups, 10 pushups, 10 jumping jacks, and 10 burpees.
Then the second set do 20 sit-ups, 20 pushups, 20 jumping jacks, 20 burpees.
Repeat the second set 3 more times (so the second set is done a total of 4 times.)
End with repeating the first step, doing 10 of each exercise.
In between each set, do take a 30 second break or longer if you feel faint or about to pass out, and DO NOT continue any if you feel you cannot do these.
For your own personal way, just modify as needed.
Also remember, sit-ups are very hard on the bum, so get a cushion for your tushie, no point hurting yourself, be as comfortable as possible.
Another tip, play music while doing these, it helps keep the mood up to a good one, plus helps you continue in good spirits.
I do this about once a week, and do not recommend this beyond 3 times per week.
With all of these, you can work it into your schedule and be doing one of these exercises a day (if you do the gym style once like I do).
See, there are some things that one doesn't think are actual exercises, yet, they are a great way to get in shape, burn calories, feel better, and if you want a slender non muscular look like I do, these will allow you to have that.
Gyms are a waste of money and most of the things they do just are for muscle building and will NOT give you a slender lean look, all this can be done at home, so save the money and buy nice things instead.
Enjoy, hope these will help you get the desired look and feel that you want.
Happy exercising ... stay strong!