A healthy diet, excellent cosmetic treatments and an exercise routine are three variables that significantly affect how long it takes to sculpt and reshape your body. Creating a plan that incorporates all three variables working in synergy is undoubtedly the best way to get the most visible results.
When people want to lose weight, reshape their figure, or get their body bikini-ready for summer, they tend to focus on the first two factors—a healthy diet paired with firming, reshaping or anti-cellulite creams—and forget about the third, exercise. But results can range from remarkable to outstanding with just a few minutes of exercise a day. Check out these exercises that you can do every day to work out one of the biggest trouble areas: the lower body.
This basic exercise is a fantastic way to tone the glutes and legs with fantastic results. Grab a chair and place it behind you. Stand with your feet parallel, hip-width apart. Flex your knees while keeping your back straight and raise your arms out in front of you. Squat down until your glutes touch the chair. You can start by doing 3 sets of 10 squats and then gradually increase sets week-to-week.
Climbing stairs is an excellent workout for your quadriceps and glutes, so skip the elevator and climb as many stairs as you can. If you have a stair climber at home or in the gym you can incorporate 45 minute sessions on the machine into your weekly workouts.
Not only is walking a great way to get some exercise and strengthen the lower body, but it also helps to improve general physical and mental well-being. The best option is to get outside and walk, choosing routes that include slopes and stairs. Wear the right footwear both for comfort and to protect yourself from injury. Give your workout a boost by clenching and relaxing your glutes while you walk. Walking for just 30 minutes a day provides a host of health benefits.
Riding a bike tones the muscles of the thighs and calves and prevents ailments like chondromalacia (a cause of chronic knee pain). It improves legs’ circulation and oxygenation and eliminates localized fat. You can start with bike rides or riding a stationary bike as a warm-up before your gym workout and when you’re ready, kick your workouts up a notch with a spin class.
If going to a gym isn’t your thing, try dance classes. Whether it be Latin rhythm or ballroom dancing, the repeated dance steps will tone your legs and glutes while helping you stay in shape.