If you’ve dreamed of getting Cameron Diaz’s lower body, you’re not alone. We all want it, and guess what? We can all have it!
No matter what your fitness level, add this move to your 30 minutes or more of cardiovascular exercise and you’ll be sliding back into those skinny jeans or your bikini once and for all.
Try this move: Body squats:
Muscles targeted: Abs, butt, hips, and legs.
Step 1: Stand with your feet a little wider than hips distance apart and with your toes facing very slightly outwards. Keep your hands by your sides with palms facing inwards, and shoulders pulled down your back towards your hips.
Step 2: Keep your chest lifted and chin parallel to the floor. Shift your weight to your heels as you keep your ab muscles tight.
Step 3: Now going down! Shift your hips back and down as you bend your knees. Bend your hips and knees at the same time. Go down slowly, but do not allow your knees to extend past your toes. This means your shins should stay more upright versus leaning towards your toes as you bend. Keep your abs engaged, and keep your back flat; don’t arch your lower back.
Step 4: Lower yourself until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Try not to move your feet. (If your heels lift off the floor or your torso is rounding, then return to the start position.)
Step 5: Keep knees aligned with your second toe (don’t allow your knees to twist inward or outward), and body weight should be evenly distributed between the balls and heels of both feet.
Step 6: Now going up! Keep your abs tight to help maintain the position of your back, chest, and head. Exhale while you return to the starting position by pushing your feet into the floor through your heels. The hips and torso should come up together. Heels should remain flat on the floor and knees should be aligned over your feet. Repeat this movement 15 times. Take a 30 second to 1-minute break and do another 15 repetitions. And them do one more set.
What is your favorite exercise to work your lower body?