If you want to find great exercises that let you stay home, lose weight, and get that summer body, then look no further! These at-home exercises are sure to kick your butt into shape, and keep it that way all summer long. So, here are 5 great exercises that you can do at home this summer.
1. Backward Kicks
This is a great exercise to do if you want to round out your hips and glutes. Just band at the waist, and steady yourself against something with your hand. Then lift your leg up at an angle to where your foot is toward your knee. Then, lift your leg up and stretch it almost all the way out. This will take some work because it is an area that is not always focused on, but it will make you feel the burn. Do three sets of 10 or 15 to start, but make your goal to get to 25 or 30 per set by the end of the summer!
If you can’t do them standing up, or have issues with your hips, then you can replicate the movement on your hands and knees. This will still give you a great leg exercise!
2. Pelvic Thrusts
This exercise if one that will work your legs, abs, and your glutes at the same time. Lay on your back and scoot your feet back so that they are near your butt and lift your hips up in the air slightly. For the move, you life your hips up into the air as high as you can, then come down almost to the floor, and back again. This exercise will work a lot of muscles, so it will be a lot of work, but the pay off is big. Do sets of 20 to 30 to start, but try to work your way up to 45 to get some great results.
3. Ab Killers
This one is named appropriately, for the burn that you will feel in your abs. And it doesn’t just work your front muscles, but it gets the sides too. So, you sit and bring your knees up near your chest and leave them bent in the air. Then, you will lean back and push your legs forward to elongate your body. Then, bring your legs and body back together. You can switch this one up by doing one leg at a time and twisting your torso, or keep the first position to work the front muscles.
4. Leg Lifts
This exercise will help your legs out tremendously. A leg lift will help out your hips, and give a little glute and ab workout at the same time. To start this move you will stand with your body upright, and lift one leg up and out to your side. The goal is to lift your leg to your hip, but that will take some time and stretching. So, work on bringing your leg a bit higher each week.
5. Ballet Kicks
These exercises will work your hips, glutes, and abs really well. To get in position, you will lay down on your back with both legs in the air in a right angle. Then you will put one foot on the top of the other, then alternate. The goal is to do this rapidly. Then, to make it more intense of an exercise, you will let your legs don closer to the floor while kicking. This is a great way to get your abs showing, so try to get your legs as close to the floor and back as possible.
Just because you don’t have a gym membership, or just can get there as much as you’d like, doesn’t mean that you can’t still get a killer work out in. Follow these five exercises at home to kick your metabolism into shape. Which one do you like the most, let me know in the comments!