Finding ways to incorporate workouts into your daily routine is crucial to your health and overall well-being. However, balancing a healthy lifestyle with the business of everyday life can be challenging. The secret is realizing that no matter where you are or what you’re doing with your life, exercise is something we should all be doing consistently because it matters for now and for later.
I'm a personal trainer because I want to help people feel good now and make those slow, continual efforts to also feel good in their future. How they look is just a bonus on top of how they feel. If you’re short on time, here is a 10-minute, five-move leg routine that you can do anytime, anywhere.
Do each move for 60 seconds before going on to the next one. Go through all five moves once, take a one-minute break, and then repeat. Remember to focus on your form and always warm up and cool down before and after your workout.
Square your hips. Point your knees and toes out. As you squat down, keep your back straight and make sure your knees don’t extend farther out than your toes. Push up off your heels as you come back up.
2. Split Squats
Step forward with your left foot. Put your weight on your heel on your front foot. Pick up your back foot, squat down, and then push up off your heel as you come back up. Go for 30 seconds on each side before switching.
3. Alternating Lunges
Square your hips. Lunge forward and put your weight on your heel as you step out and as you push back up. Make sure your knees don’t extend farther out than your toes. Keep alternating from side to side.
4. Jump Squats
Square your hips. Widen your stance. Stick your butt out. Keep your back straight and point your knees and toes out. As you squat down, put your weight on your heels and then push up as you jump up. Land softly as you come back down.
5. Reverse Lunge Kick
Square your hips. Hands at your chest. Lunge back with your left leg and as you come back up, kick your leg straight up. Repeat for 30 seconds before switching legs.
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