With this fun move, you’ll burn and firm—no gear or machines required!
If your routine hasn’t seen the great outdoors for what seems like forever, make your cardio session take a hike— literally! When you hoof it up and down hills (as opposed to walking on a treadmill at a 0 percent incline), your butt and legs have to work harder to propel you. The extra effort doesn’t just sculpt your lower half; it increases your calorie burn too (by a whopping 50 percent). And if that’s not reason enough to take to the trails, here’s another: Research shows that exercising outside provides a significantly greater mood boost than indoor sessions!
Tree Split Squat
- Stand a foot or so away from a tree (or a wall or bench) with your back to it.
- Bend left knee and push against tree with left foot. Raise arms to shoulder height in front of you, palms facing down [A].
- Bend right knee and lower into a single-leg squat as you continue to push against the tree with left foot [B]. Rise up and repeat for 30 seconds, then switch legs to complete set.
*For the full article please refer to Shape March 2012 Issue