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I’m not sure how many of you know, but in addition to working a full time job and blogging as much as possible, I am also a mother to two boys. Due to all these demands, it can be really hard to get to the gym. I have never wanted to be bulky, but exercise is a must to keep your entire body healthy. I enjoy simple body toning exercises, preferably ones that I can do at home in under 30 minutes, because I try to get my workouts in before my kids get up in the morning. So, I thought I would share my 5 favorite body slimming exercises to do at home with all of you!
The number one rule of working out, is that you must stay hydrated. I have never been a fan of water for some reason. I can either taste all the minerals, or it just tastes like nothing, which doesn’t suit my taste buds. However, smartwater® is so pure & crisp with electrolytes for taste, that I gravitate to this water over any others.
Plus if you purchase this 6 pack at Target, 2 bottles total to your daily water requirement!! How easy is that? When working out you need to drink water before, during, and after, so make sure you keep a bottle nearby.
5 BODY SLIMMING EXERCISES TO DO AT HOME
Forward and Reverse Kick
This lower body exercise works out your butt, quads, and abs. With light weights (or 2 of your smartwater bottles) held at your waist, raise one knee and kick forward and then in reverse kick the leg backwards. Do this while standing straight and balanced. Try not to lock your knees as you kick, so that you can seamlessly transition from forwards to backwards. Do 12 reps on each leg.
Side Squat Row
Using light weights, this body slimming exercise works out your biceps, upper back, butt, and quads. Start with your arms in front of you holding the weights and feet together. As you step out with one leg and squat, raise your arms with the weights as if you are rowing. Do 10 reps on each side.
Then take a break and drink your water. smartwater is vapor distilled with a purity I can taste and a hydration I can feel throughout my whole body.
I don’t know about you, but I get tired of regular crunches pretty quickly. These crunches work your abs and your obliques. Lie flat on your back with your hands behind your head. Bend one knee up and cross your elbow to your knee, while keeping the other knee extended. Then switch knees as if you are switching legs riding a bicycle. Complete 20 reps.
Push up Plank
This body slimming exercise works out your core muscles. Start on the floor in the traditional plank position. Then, one arm at a time raise yourself into a push up position. Lower yourself back into plank one arm at a time. Complete 15-20 push ups.
This final exercise is a total body slimming workout. As with any exercise, you really need to do this exercise correctly to get the most out of it. You need to start with your feet more than shoulder width apart and your weight on your heels. Squat and place your hands flat in front of you on the mat. Thrust your feet back into the plank position and make sure your back is not arching, or sagging. Jump your feet back towards your hand into a squat position again. Then finally jump straight up into the air with arms extended above your head and return to the center. Repeat 15-20 times.
Be on the lookout at Target for a Spring Display in the store that features smartwater. However, if your store doesn’t have that then you can simply find it online here, or on the normal water aisle. At my Target in Altamonte Springs, water is found on aisle G54.
I hope these exercises help you with your fitness routine at home, and don’t forget the importance of hydration! Are you a smartwater lover like myself?