Cellulite, vericose veins, stubborn fats are trouble makers for all 40 year olds. These make many women lose their sleep. However balanced diet and a routine exercise plan can help you be a proud owner of well-toned legs.
Say a big 'no' to crash diets. Follow a healthy plan of a GI (Glycemic Index) diet. The GI diet plan is a system that ranks the carbohydrate foods according to how much a particular food raises the blood sugar. The foods that rank lower help dieters feel full for a longer time. For example a salad platter with cucumber, tomatoes etc., Vegetables could be green peas, tomatoes, brocolli etc and fruit plate could be water melon, grapes, peach etc. Substitute milk with a low fat version. Stick to a diet plan and see the meltdown gradually.
If you like to workout in a gymnasium, workout your lower body every alternate day. Train on the machines gradually every day keep increasing the timing week after week.
Swimming is an intense exercise which helps tone the overall body. It is ideal for pre and post menopause periods.
Power walking can be the best exercise. Ideally it should be done at a pace where conversation is difficult.
Yoga is ideal for the body and mind. The asanas help increase your flexibility and stamina levels.
Get a pedicure done with tone up massages regularly to tone up your legs. You can gently rub your legs regularly with a gentle scrub to get rid of the dry skin. Moisturise the legs with some esstential oil like olive oil every night. Apply sunscreen before you go out to prevent pigmentation.
Courtesy : Chennai times 27/10/2009