Why pay a pricey gym membership when you can slim down with these easy, at-home exercises?
Using a pair of 2- or 3-pound hand weights, start with the 30-minute Basic Moves workout. Build up to doing the routine three times a week for at least two weeks. Your body will feel challenged, which means you’ll continue to get motivating results.
Holding a pair of weights at your sides, stand with feet hip-width apart. Bend knees and push your hips back until your thighs are almost parallel to the floor, as if you're about to sit in a chair. Keep your chest raised and your shoulders back. Slowly straighten legs and repeat 8 to 10 times.
Stand with your feet together, holding a pair of weights in front of your thighs, palms facing out. Bend elbows slowly, bringing weights up toward your shoulders and keeping elbows by your sides. Slowly lower the weights and repeat 8 to 10 times.
Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on floor. Hold a pair of weights over your chest, arms extended, palms facing away from your face. Bend elbows 90 degrees, lowering your arms directly out to your sides at shoulder height. When the backs of your arms touch the floor, press weights up again to start. Repeat 8 to 10 times.
Holding a pair of weights at your sides, sit on the edge of a sturdy table with your legs together. Bending from the waist, lean over your thighs. Keep your back flat and let your arms hang down from your shoulders. Bend elbows, bringing weights up to your chest. Lower dumbbells and repeat 8 to 10 times.
Holding a pair of weights, with your arms by your sides, take a large step forward with your left foot. Bend your knees until your front leg makes a 90-degree angle and your back knee almost touches the floor. Return to start and repeat 8 to 10 times; switch legs.
Sitting on a step or low, sturdy table with your legs together and knees bent, place your hands on the front edge, knuckles facing outward. Straighten your arms to lift your rear off the table or step. Bend your elbows to lower your rear toward the floor, being careful to stay as close as possible to seat. Slowly straighten your arms; repeat 8 to 10 times.
Stand with your feet double-shoulder-width apart, feet turned out on the diagonal. Hold a pair of weights in front of your chest, elbows bent and arms close to your body. Bend your knees until your thighs are almost parallel to the floor, then straighten your legs. Repeat 8 to 10 times.
Lie on your back with knees bent, feet flat on floor. Place hands behind head, elbows out. Exhale as you lift your head, neck and shoulders, keeping chin away from chest and elbows out. Slowly lower and repeat 10 times.