Alright ladies, I don’t know about you, but I feel like Jell-O after the holidays! I gave myself a little break while on vacation, but I’m in need of some serious sweat detoxing. And what better time to hop back into the fitness grind than the start of the new year?!
More than getting in shape, exercise is amazing for your mental health this time of year. With the lack of sun and winter’s bitter chill, our body’s are a little low on fuel. Working out will not only boost your energy, but also release serotonin into your body relieving seasonal depression, post-holiday stress and simple anxiety.
To kick start your New Year’s fitness goals, I’m sharing some killer leg workouts and exercise tips in today’s SWEAT SERIES episode! Thanks to my #girlboss trainer, Michelle Amore, from Precision Human Performance, I’ve included some of the best leg workout + butt exercises for you to try at home!
Let’s sweat out the holidays and welcome the new year!
Rather than stepping forward, step back into a lunge to work new muscles and tone your ! Do this for 20 seconds, switching off legs, for 20 seconds.
20 reps (each leg) x 5 times
Squats are a full-body fitness staple hitting the hips, gluts, quads, hamstrings, and core. Increase the difficulty of the normal squat to really get a workout with the Jump Squat!
With your feet shoulder-width apart and squat down slowly with your back straight. Then push off your legs and jump straight into the air. When you land, go straight back down into a squat, then repeat. Make sure to always keep your knees slightly bent when landing.
20 reps x 5 times
Leg Raises with Resistance Bands
Had to throw in a good booty exercise here! Put resistance bands to good use and perform nine lateral leg raises on each leg; working your gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, gluteus minimus, and tensor fascia latae muscles.
9 sets (each leg) x 4 times
(Check out my trainer Michelle Amore! You kill it girl!)