Tone Your Lower Body
The workout starts with a calf lift, which sculpts your calves. Next is the classic squat, which tones your quads, hamstrings, and glutes. After that is the forward lunge, followed by a yoga pose, tree. Tree is very beneficial for the four layers of muscles that the feet has. This pose challenges the feet to engage all four muscles to work in coordination to find stability. Following the tree pose, is a tennis ball massage for your foot. This technique releases the connective tissues in your foot that support the soles of your feet. Just imagine how much more pliable your feet could be after doing this, instead of being tense and taught. Next is a sitting stretch that flexes your feet. Then comes a hip stretch, crescent lunge. This pose opens your front hip and allows you to also engage your core muscles, as you stretch your arms over your head. The last two poses are reclining pidgeon and pidegeon. Both poses are great for your hips.
Doing this set of exercises, as the Whole Living slide show suggests, about three times a week, can not only help with your balance and strength, but also tones and shapes your lower body. Check out the slide show article to get a more detailed description of how to progress through the exercises. There are still about two months of warm summer weather, so start now to tone your lower body! Not to mention, the summer sizzle sale at New Contours can multiply your efforts: purchase a body or face four-treatment package to get 20% off! Keep an eye out for our newsletter as well, and if you aren’t already signed up to get it, do that now!
Blog post written by Cynthia Richter, a recent college graduate of The University of Mary Washington.