Summer is here, which means you’re bound to find yourself in a bathing suit at some point. Instead of hiding indoors, under a blanket, or hating how you look, you can do a few quick and easy moves that will make you feel sleek, light, and beautiful. These simple moves target your most troublesome areas while toning from head to toe.
Core: lower leg
The belly and back are often the parts that hide under layers, fabrics and prints to camouflage imperfections. Instead, release your abdomen with a simple movement that tightens the entire core. Lie on your back with your legs straight toward the ceiling. Bring your hands behind your head with your elbows apart. Bring your chin to your chest and raise your head. Engage your core by drawing your navel into your spine and pressing your lower back into the mat. As you inhale, flex your right foot and lower it halfway. Exhale to engage your core, point your toe and lift your leg. Switch sides and repeat, alternating back and forth for two minutes.
Thighs: Plie Squats
To tone your lower half before you slide into that tiny butt, try a few squats to tone all around your thighs. As you lower, you engage the top and outer edge of your thighs. As you push, you squeeze along the back of your legs, into your glutes, and through your inner thighs. Stand with your feet wider than your hips and your toes pointing outward. Engage your core by drawing your navel into your spine. Bring your hands to your hips. Bend your knees over your ankles. Push through your heels and squeeze your glutes to come back up. Repeat for one minute.
Chest and shoulders: wall push-ups
Bring out your chest and shoulders in your tank tops and swimwear with a twist on a classic move that works straight through your upper body. Push-ups take you from a plank position down to the floor as you squeeze your arms, chest, and even upper back to pull yourself up. When you do them against a wall, you have more support and can do more reps than on the floor. Stand at arm’s length away from a wall. Bring your hands to the wall at shoulder height. Take your arms wider than shoulder distance. Engage your core as you bend your elbows out to the sides and press into the wall. Push through your arms and chest while pressing up. Repeat for one minute.
Legs and Buns: Standing Leg Lifts
It is no longer necessary to hide under a large background. Tiny swimsuit bottoms can be your friend with a lifted and tightened buttock. Standing leg lifts are small movements that will lift and tone your back in no time. These lengthen your legs, lift your buns, and even tighten your core as you stabilize. Stand upright with your hands on a wall, counter, or chair back. Engage your core and lift your chest. Bring your heels together and slide your right leg back, extending it so it extends behind you. Keep your core still as you squeeze your butt and lift your leg. Lower and raise slowly. Repeat for a minute and switch sides.