I am disguising this less-than-five-minute fixer in my so called “lazy” bride guide because you never leave your mat, but do not get me wrong ladies, this one is not easy! I know you wonder women can handle it though so let’s get to it. Grab a mat and a let’s get to work.
*As always, consult your doctor before starting any exercise or nutrition regimen.
Move from one exercise to the next without stopping. Perform the entire series on your right side before switching to your left! Above all else, ENGAGE YOUR CORE!
Side Lying Leg Lifts
Begin by lying on your side with your back in line with the back edge of your mat and your shins in line with the front edge. Place your hand on the floor in front of you to help maintain your hip position (stacked – one on top of the other). Slowly and with control, lift and lower your top leg making sure your knees are vertically aligned. Continue this movement for 1 minute.
Pro-tip: Focus on engaging your lower abs and try to relax your bottom leg.
Knees & Toes
Without resting, rotate from your hips to touch your knees together, pointing your toe toward the ceiling. Then rotate to touch your toes while pushing your pelvis forward. Continue this movement for 1 minute.
Pro-tip: Do not roll toward your back! The more stable your hips, the greater the burn.
Lower your top leg to rest on your bottom leg then lift your feet about 6 inches off your mat. From here, lift and lower your top knee as high as you can without rolling backward. Continue for 1 minute then pulse at the height of the movement for 30 seconds.
Pro-tip: Press your hips forward as your open the clam!