Get a Leg Up

The trees are turning from summer’s green to autumn’s red and orange, the temperature has gotten lower, and the air is getting crisper. All this can only mean one thing – the return of fall. Along with the change in season comes a change in wardrobe, and the return of one of my personal favorite items of clothing – leggings. Here are some easy workouts to help you look your absolute best in your favorite pair.

Hip-Lift Progressions: Start by lying on the floor with your hands at your sides and your knees bent so your feet are on the floor. (Using a yoga mat will help with comfort.) While squeezing your glutes, lift your hips off the floor and hold this position for one count. Lower hips back to the floor and repeat for one minute.

Top Taps: Again, begin by lying on the floor with your hands by your sides and your knees bent, except this time, lift your feet so that your thighs are perpendicular to the ground and your toes parallel. Slowly tap your right foot to the ground and raise it again, then repeat with the left foot just as slowly. Do this alternating motion for one minute.

Goblet Squats: Stand with your feet turned out a bit more than shoulder-width apart. For this exercise, a five-pound dumbbell is recommended, but you may use something lighter or heavier based on your preference. Hold the dumbbell by the middle handle with both hands like it is a very important goblet, keeping your elbows bent out to the sides. Bend down until your knees are at a ninety-degree angle. Do this for three sets of twenty.

Three-Way Lunge: Start by standing with your feet hip-width apart and your hands clasped in front of your chest. Lunge forward to a ninety-degree angle with your left leg and then return to your starting position. Then, using your left leg again, lunge to the left with your feet facing front, and again return to your starting position. Last, lunge your left leg backward to a ninety-degree angle and return to your starting position. Repeat this with your right leg. Do these motions for three sets of twenty on each leg.

With these exercises, your butt and legs will be totally legging (or jegging) ready for fall!

By Casie Popkin