Whether you want to run faster, Whip/Nae Nae better or simply feel stronger walking up the stairs, it never hurts to give a little more love to your butt, hips and thighs during a workout.
Neglect your lower body too often and you risk losing mobility — that thing that allows you to plop down on the floor to play with your kids, or get up and out of even the cushiest chair with ease. “A lot of people sit all day, so they’re not necessarily using their glute muscles,” says Daily Burn Fitness/Nutrition Coach Allie Whitesides. “And a lot of people are in the car all the time, so we’re not using our leg muscles much, either.”
If all you’ve been doing for your lower body lately is the occasional lunge, it’s time to mix up your routine. “Our bodies move in different directions, not in one direction, so it’s important to mimic that during cross-training,” Whitesides says. That’s why instead of relying on a pattern of “lunge-squat-repeat” — you might want to throw some plié squats, or leg lifts into the mix.
These five moves will help ensure you never get bored working out your backside. Do each exercise two days per week, completing three sets of 12 to fifteen 15 for a lower body burn that hurts so good.
5 Amazing Lower Body Exercises
How to: Stand tall, feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, toes pointed out at 45-degree angles (a). Keep your back straight, knees over toes and your weight in the heels of your feet (b). Engage your glutes and thighs as you lower into a deep squat until thighs parallel to the ground (or as close as you can get them) (c). Powering through your heels, push up to return to starting position (d). Repeat.
Lateral Step-Out Squat
Stand with your feet a few inches apart and a resistance band loop above your ankles. Step one foot out to the side, then bring your other foot to meet it. Reverse the movement back to start. Continue for 20 seconds, then repeat to the other side for another 20 seconds
Plank Leg Lift
What it does: Tightens your booty, hamstrings, shoulders, and core!
How to do it: Begin in a plank position with your hands directly below your shoulders and core engaged. Lift your right leg into the air, squeezing your booty. Slowly lower back down. Complete 20 reps then switch sides.
How to: Position yourself on your hands and knees, in tabletop position. Engage your abs engaged by pulling your belly button in towards your spine (a). Keeping your hips pointed towards the ground and leg bent to a 90-degree angle, raise your left knee out to the side as high as you can (b). Pause at the top, then return to starting position (c). Repeat, then switch legs.
5. Lying Leg Lift
No, no, it’s not nap time. But it is your last move in this dynamic lower-body series. We’re hitting those glutes from all angles, and this one is not to be missed.
How to: Lie flat on your stomach, with your forehead resting on your hands (a). Squeeze your left glute, to lift your left leg and thigh as high off the ground as you can, keeping your leg straight (b). Pause at the top, then lower back down (c). Switch legs, repeating 10 times on each leg.
Source : dailyburn.com