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Fitness: Love Your Legs Workout

In Fitness on January 14, 2013 at 12:49 am

Here we go ladies, now is the time! Time to sweat it all out! The holidays are over, friends and families are back in their own homes and baby is officially out, but the bump still lingers … dun! dun! dun! For me, this new year is all about focusing on getting back in shape and flattening that post-baby bump. I’ll be keeping track of my progress and sharing tips I learn along the way. Here is to a fitter, firmer me!

Finding an hour to workout at the gym can be tricky especially with kids, so here’s a workout you can do at home.

Do the following exercises  2-3 times a week

What You’ll Need: An exercise mat (Not pictured below. My 2 yr old had the “magic carpet” hidden the day these pictures were taken and couldn’t be found in time).

How it Works: Each move its designed to challenge multiple muscles on your legs at once. It may be quick, but its tough! Ready? Ok, here we go!

1) The Ultimate Squat – Slowly lower your body as though you are ‘sitting’ in a chair until your thighs are parallel with the ground.  Remain in the lowered position, and perform a side leg kick, working the outer leg. Do the same on the other side.  Do 3 sets of 8-16 reps. My knees are actually a little too far forward in this picture, be careful that they don’t stick out further than your toes

pic1 pic82) Bend your right knee while keeping your left leg straight and reach with your left hand to touch your right foot – keep your arms straight.  Do the same on the other side with a hop in between sides. Do a set of 40.

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3) Foot Circles – Lift your leg as high as you can and draw small circles with your foot in a clockwise motion.  Don’t hurry and don’t move your knee or hip, all the movement should be coming only from your ankle. Do 30-40 circles and change the direction. Then switch legs.

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4) Sculpting your legs – Lift your leg at a 90 degree angle, and then bring it back down slowly, your foot does not touch the ground.  Make sure you are keeping your leg straight.  Do 40 reps before switching to the other leg.

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And that’s it! We did it!

Workout outfit: Top, similar style here | Bottoms, similar style here | Shoes

Each week I’ll be posting a new fitness tip/workout and documenting the progress I make. I’d love to hear what things you’re interested in seeing and learning. For questions or suggestions email me at karen {at} mychicbump {dot} com

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