Looking to tone up and slim down? Help banish fat from your body and increase your strength with these simple exercises.
You don’t need to hit the gym to get in shape—these simple exercises can be done in the comfort of your home.
Try 15 reps of each exercise, completing three circuits with a 30-second break between each, four times a week.
Stability Ball Hamstring Curl – Target: Back of legs.Set-up: Lie on your back, place arms at sides and with knees slightly bent, place lower legs and heels on a med-ium-sized stability ball; brace abs.Move: Bridge hips up by squeezing butt muscles as if clenching a nut between cheeks; press feet into ball to curl ball towards hips while keeping hips up; pause. Slowly uncurl by extending legs.
Burpees – Target: Legs, back, shoulders and core.Set-up: Stand with arms at sides.Move: Bend over and squat; place hands wider than shoulders with arms extended forward; kick legs back so body is straight, forming a plank pose; pull legs forward, tucked under body; plant feet on floor; jump up.
Stability Ball Push-up – Target: Chest, triceps, shoulders, core.Set-up: Place stability ball underneath your midsection and slowly walk hands forward until you are in a push-up position with hands flat on the floor and shins resting on the stability ball.Move: Bend elbows to lower upper body near floor; push up to extend arms. Repeat.
Advanced Side Bridge – Target: Core, shoulders.Set-up: Lay on right side of hip, supported by elbow. Extend legs until body is supported on feet. Slide left leg and foot in front of right to enable rolling of torso.Move: Roll to left elbow by moving facedown into a plank pose and then coming onto the left elbow. Brace abs throughout movement; repeat.