With the arrival of warm weather, is your goal to strengthen and tighten your behind and inner and outer thighs? What if there was a better way to looking and feeling better in those jeans and also having fun at the same time? By adding a dance inspired routine, not only does your body get moving, but it also allows you to sincerely enjoy the workout.
Here are 8 ways to dance your way to stronger glutes and thighs.
1. SIDE-STEP JACKS
Begin this exercise with your hands by your hips. Bring your arms up above your head, as if it were to look like you are waving for help. At the same time that you raise your arms, step your left leg to the side while simultaneously shifting your weight to the right leg. Then, bring your arms back down to your sides and bring your legs back together. Do the same with your right leg and continue switching back and forth. Try to do as many reps as you can in 1 minute
Raise your hands up into a fighting position, bringing your clenched fists on either sides of your jaw. Make sure that your back is straight and your abdominal are tight. Bend your left knee and extend your leg out in front of you. Your knee should only be bent slightly while you punch straight out with your right fist. Come back to the starting position and continue switching sides or at least 1 minute. How many punches can you throw in under 60 seconds?
3. LATERAL SIDE STEP
Pretend you’re about to catch a ball. Bring both of your hands up in front of your chest and shift all of your weight to your left side. Then, bring your right leg over to the left one and continue going back and forth in a rapid skipping like motion. Skip from side to side with your hands staying in the same catching position for at least 1 minute.
4. DANCE HALL HOT STEPPER
Make believe you’re rocking to drum beats in a Jamaican club. Place your feet shoulder width apart with your knees somewhat bent. Bring your left foot back and place the ball of your feet on the floor. When you begin to step backwards, bring your left shoulder forward and pivot your torso to the right. Then, swing your right shoulder to the front and bring your left leg in front of you, making sure the ball of your foot touches the floor. Go back to the starting position with your feet should width apart, and continue to switch sides for at least 1 minute as fast as you can.
5. KARATE KID STORK STANCE
Raise both of your arms to the side. Move your wrists down and quench your fingers together as if you were making fun of someone who is talking to much. Bring all of your weight to your right leg and bend your left leg while slowly raising it as high as you can go. Hold this position for 1 minute and make sure you keep your abdominal tight. Switch to your right side and then hold it for another minute.
6. REVERSE LUNGE
Begin this exercise with your abdominal tight and your back straight. Move all of your weight to the right side and bring your left leg behind you. Move your right leg and bend your knee back behind your feet. Make sure your left left is fully extended with the knee slight bent. At the same time, try to touch the floor with your left hand. Continue switching sides for at least 1 minute.
7. STANDING HYDRANT
This exercise is all about pretending to be a dog urinating on a fire hydrant. Push your tush back and keep your knees bent, feet should width apart. Have your chest at a 45-degree angle while raising your left foot towards your behind then bring it to the side of your body. Your leg should be parallel to the floor. Return to your starting position without touching the floor with your left foot. Pretend to mark your territory for at least 1 minute. Switch to the right side and repeat for another minute.
8. PLIE SQUAT
Start with your feet standing a little wider than should width apart. Keep your toes pointed outward, as your arms naturally hang at your sides. Bend your knees but make sure that your back is straight. At the same time, bring your arms in front of you as if you are about to hug a loved one. Quench the muscles in your chest as you bring your hands together. Go back to the starting position and continuing repeating for at least 1 minute.