Getting your lower half slim and trim isn't rocket science. My trick: I'm a walker-and I highly recommend walking as a joint-friendly, easy, and cheap workout. It really really works. Need proof? Walking is the exercise of choice for more than 2,300 members of the National Weight Loss Registry, a database of people who've lost an average of 66 pounds and kept it off for 5 years. Do I have you convinced? Then lace up, plot a route, and add these tweaks to your next walk for even faster toning:
SQUEEZE your butt: Imagine the crease where your butt and upper thighs meet and clench it with every step. It takes a little getting used to, but pretty soon, it will become automatic.
SKIP or do jumping jacks at regular intervals. You may feel a little silly (who cares?), but intervals help burn more calories and strengthen your bones.
SWING your arms while you walk, keeping them bent at your sides. This helps you cover more ground and burn up to 15% more calories.
- STRIDE in smaller steps. You'll actually move faster-and recruit more muscles-so you'll log a greater distance.
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