Easy Exercises to Tone and Trim Your Body
No time to exercise? No problem! This easy exercise routine takes only a little bit of time and provides big results.
Bust a Move
To keep you moving and motivated, we asked Molly Weeks, author of The BalleCore Workout, to create an easy but effective routine. The exercises are a blend of ballet, Pilates and yoga that strengthen and tone all the muscle groups, which can lead to a smaller waist, better posture and increased flexibility, says Weeks. Try these moves three days a week.
This begginer ballet move will help to sculpt and slim your backside.
To start, lie on your left side with your knees, inner thighs and ankles stacked on top of each other. Rest your head in the palm of your left hand, and place your right arm and hand in front of your chest. Shift both legs forward to form a 45-degree angle and keep them facing front.
Lift your right leg, still bent, about hip width or to a 45-degree angle, then straighten it, toes pointed.
Lower the leg in front of you, touching your toes to the floor. Bend the leg and return to your starting position. Do 10 reps, switch sides and repeat
Pretzel Hip Lifts
Get stronger legs with this easy move.
Sit upright on the floor and bend your left leg in front of your body, while folding your right leg behind you. Try to get your right knee aligned with your right hip. Lean left and prop yourself up on your left forearm (elbow directly beneath your shoulder), keeping your head, shoulders and hips aligned. Rest your right hand on your right hip with the elbow pointing upward.
Once positioned, slowly lift your back leg until it’s parallel to the floor. Hold for one breath, then slowly lower leg to the floor. Do 10 reps on each side.
This crunch trims your wiastline and stegnthens your core, which offers many benefits!
Lie on your back and bend your knees in a 90-degree angle. Keep your arms at your side, slightly rounded, with palms facing your body. Inhale, then exhale and lift your head, neck and upper shoulders off the floor (look at your knees), and raise your arms to hip level.
Inhale and raise your arms overhead by your ears, then exhale and sweep your arms out in a circular motion, back to hip level. Keep your head raised the whole time, and do 12 reps.
This snake-like exercise trims your arms and builds muscle!
Lie facedown, holding your face slightly above the ground, with your abdominals tight. Bend your arms by your side, so your palms are in line with your ears and your fingers are spread.
Inhale and firmly press your palms and forearms into the floor as you lift your chest and roll your shoulders back. Keep your glutes tight and the tops of your feet on the floor.
Continue to lift your chest until your arms are straight and your head is slightly tilted, so you are gazing up at the ceiling, but don’t let your chin jut upward. Slowly come down to your starting position, then lift back up again. Repeat this pulse eight times. Exhale and lower yourself back down, holding your face slightly above the floor. Do three more sets.