Anita Terlizzi, RM Fitness Expert, guides you through the lower body portion of her workout video, Sit Down, Shape Up.
Duration: 12 min
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Your lower body is core to your mobility, in fact, your lower body is key to strength, speed, and stability for your whole body. But a sedentary lifestyle or sit-down job can negatively impact your lower body health. “A lot of people sit all day, so they’re not necessarily using their glute muscles,” says Fitness and Nutrition Coach Allie Whitesides from Heathline, “And a lot of people are in the car all the time, so we’re not using our leg muscles much, either.”
Undeniably, body fat is a common area that many of us struggle to get rid of. Part of the struggle comes from not being able to spot-reduce fat in this area. However, once you reduce your overall body fat, you can start to tone the areas around your hips, glutes, and hamstrings. Lower body exercises are some of the best exercises for women.
“Your lower body acts as your support as you walk, run, and jump,” says Anita Terlizzi, Red Mountain Fitness Expert & Certified Personal Trainer, “Regular lower body exercises increase bone strength, improves balance, and decreases injuries to your knees and hips. It will allow you to quickly change direction and speed as needed.” Watch as Anita’s video as she guides you through the lower body weight loss exercises for women portion of her workout video, Sit Down, Shape Up.
Here’s a few additional tips for targeting your lower body health:
Eat a healthy diet
Experts say that exercise in combination with a healthy diet, are both keys to lower body health and overall wellness.
- Eat lean proteins like fish or chicken
- Avoid fast food, processed food, sugar and soda
- Drink 8 glasses of water a day
- Portion control your meals so you don’t over eat
- Fill up on vegetables and specific fruits
- Follow the RM3® diet
Get quality sleep
Getting enough sleep is important for your weight loss journey because lack of sleep will impact your metabolism and hormones levels. Plus, being tired may tempt you to reach for a late-night snack.
- Set your sleep goal for seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
- Aim to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day.
Keep stress in check
Stress and cortisol go hand-in-hand. When you’re stressed, your body produces cortisol, which affects your metabolism, and unfortunately increases food cravings. Implement stress-reduction activities to avoid stress reactions.
- Try meditation or yoga to calm your anxieties and reduce your stress.
- Deep-breathing exercises help to relax you.
- Immerse yourself in nature to escape from your busy life.
- Reevaluate your priorities and reduce stressful activities.