Move on from your arms and focus on your lower half. You can ease your quads and glutes into things with a half squat.

Since there’s balance involved, this exercise is also great for the core. Squats are great when weight training, too. When you feel comfortable, add a barbell to your move.

Duration: 2-6 sets, 10-15 reps each. If this is too intense, start off with a number of sets and reps that work best for you.

Instructions:

  1. Bending your legs, push your butt back to a 45-degree angle, making sure not to position yourself in a full sit.
  2. Extend your arms straight in front of you.
  3. Pause for a second, then slowly raise your body back up by pushing through your heels. Make sure not to lock your knees when you return to a standing position.
  4. Repeat.

Tomorrow: Get to steppin.’


Kelly Aiglon is a lifestyle journalist and brand strategist with a special focus on health, beauty, and wellness. When she’s not crafting a story, she can usually be found at the dance studio teaching Les Mills BODYJAM or SH’BAM. She and her family live outside of Chicago and you can find her on Instagram.