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One of the best exercises is also one of the most natural (just watch a baby sit). This movement works all of the muscles in the lower body including the quads, glutes and hamstrings. It also provides an extra kick for the core as you need your deep abdominal muscles and back to keep your torso upright and perform this exercise correctly.
This is one of the best upper body exercises because it works everything -- your chest, your back, your arms and even your abs! Make sure your shoulders line up with your wrists and you tuck your elbows in toward your side (so don’t flare your elbows out wide). Try to get your chest and hips as close to the floor as possible without touching.
3 LYING HIP RAISES
The lying hip raise (also called a bridge) will strengthen your glutes and hamstrings, while also working your abdominals, back and inner thighs. For a fun variation, lift your hips with your feet flat on the floor and slowly extend one leg up the sky.
Start with your feet together and arms resting comfortably by your sides. Step forward with your right foot and lower your body until your front knee is at 90 degrees and your back knee is not touching the floor. Then, to complete the exercise, push off your front right foot while straightening your left leg. Keep your right foot off of the floor and balance with your right thigh parallel to the floor.
The plank has become one of the key go to exercises to define your core. If you are struggling to maintain the arms straight position try this exercise on your forearms. Be sure to align your elbows and shoulders and keep your hips, heels and shoulders at the same height.
6 CRAB WALK
This exercise targets your triceps, core and glutes, as well as challenging your coordination. If you find that you have wrist discomfort, try turning your hands slightly to the side or take breaks to roll out your wrists. Make sure you keep your hips lifted off the floor for the duration of the exercise.
7 SPINAL BALANCE
Come into a table-top position on your hands and knees, making sure that your head and neck are a natural extension of the spine. Extend your right arm out directly in front of your shoulder. With your palm facing in, slowly extend your left leg back behind you with your heel lifted and leg in alignment with your hips. Return to the starting straight position and repeat on the other side.
8 DOUBLE LEG LIFTS
This lower abdominal exercise can help you build a stronger back and make you less prone to injury. Keep your low back pressing into the ground the entire time and lower your legs as close to the floor as possible without allowing them to touch. To make this exercise easier, bend your knees. Or for more of challenge, keep your legs straight.
9 SIDE LUNGES
Most people only exercise in two planes: up and down or forward and back. That’s what makes side lunges so effective -- they train you laterally. This lunge variation is a great addition to any conditioning plan because it will challenge your muscle fibers, tendons and ligaments in a different movement pattern. To make this exercise more challenging, add a side leg lift to the equation and feel your core kick in, too.
10 SQUAT JUMPS
It's a simple but challenging way to tone and strengthen your entire lower body: quads, hamstrings and glutes. Bonus: It also works the core and will help you jump higher and improve your power.
Performing a sit-up correctly is one of the most challenging body-weight exercises, as it requires extra abdominal strength to get all the way up without the help of your arms and legs. If you can’t do a standard sit-up, try a crunch variation.
12 MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS
One of the best core exercises you’ll find. This exercise combines the difficulty of a plank, deep core stabilization and alternating knee drives towards your chest. The knee drives also increases your heart rate, which is the perfect way to flatten your abs and burn calories. It’s crucial that you maintain proper alignment throughout the exercise and keep your shoulders and wrists perfectly stacked.
13 FROG JUMPS
This exercise adds an element of power in the lower body that will get your heart rate up for a cardiovascular benefit and define the muscles in your lower body. Start in an athletic squat position and swing your arms back behind your hips. Push off of your heels and jump forward, land, and immediately sink back down into a squat position and jump again.
14 PLIE SQUATS
For this lower-body blaster, start with your feet wider than shoulder-width apart with your toes pointed outward. Lower down into a squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Push back up to a standing position.
15 BUTT KICKS
Start standing with your feet hip-width apart then start jogging in place. The difference here is that you'll be bringing your heels behind you to tap your butt (or get as close to it as you can). This drill stretches your quadriceps as well as giving you a quick cardio boost.
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