When you workout, you create a strong body that makes you feel good and look better. Plus, the added boost of self-confidence makes all the hard work worth the effort.
To inspire you to enjoy working out, I&C Fitness Contributor Jacqueline Hinton (a Los Angeles based Pilates instructor and the CEO of the Pilates lifestyle brand Good Citizen) shares the following Self-Love Workout that you can do anywhere. From toning exercises to cardio-pumping moves, here are 8 exercises that build strength and self-confidence.
It’s the month of LOVE! And we all know you can’t love others if you don’t love yourself, so here is a self-love workout for you to get those endorphins flowing. This full-body workout will make your entire body feel strong, open, and confident.
Move through each exercise for one minute and repeat up to three rounds. Stretch when you are finished.
S is for Sumo Squat
Stand with your feet wide, toes pointing out. Bend your knees, lowering your hips so your thighs are parallel with the floor. Rise back up and repeat.
E is for Elbow to Knee
Stand with your feet hip distance apart with your hands behind your head. Twist your upper body to the right while lifting your right knee up towards your left elbow. Repeat to the other side.
L is for Lunge
Stand with feet hip-width apart. Take a big step forward with your right leg and bend both knees. Lower until the right thigh is parallel to the floor and the left knee hovers the floor. Repeat on the other side.
F is for Full Jump Squats
Stand with feet hip-width apart. Start by doing a regular squat and jump up explosively with a straight leg while pointing your toes. Land back down in a deep squat with control.
L is for Leg Lowers
Lie on your back with your hands behind your head and your legs perpendicular to the floor. Lift your head and shoulders off the floor, looking through your legs. Tighten your abs and lower the legs towards the ground with control. Use the abs to bring your legs back up.
O is for Obliques
Lie on your back with your hands behind your head and your legs perpendicular to the floor. Lower the left leg toward the floor while twisting your upper body towards the right leg. Repeat to the other side.
V is for V-Sit
Lie on your back with your legs long on the floor and your arms in a T position with the palms up. Contract your abdominal muscles and bring your arms by your sides, as you lift your upper body and legs off the ground to make a V-shape with your body. Reach your arms toward your toes, palms up. Lower back down with control and repeat.
E is for Extension
Lie on your stomach with your arms and legs reaching long. Lift your upper body and lower body off the ground simultaneously while lengthening your arms and legs as far as you can. Lower down and repeat.
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Fitness Contributor: Jacqueline Hinton
Jacqueline Hinton is a Los Angeles based Pilates instructor, the CEO of the Pilates lifestyle brand Good Citizen, and a professional dancer with a BFA in Dance from The University of Texas at Austin. Jackie has over a decade in the Pilates industry and has forever changed the world of Pilates by creating the original personal Pilates loop. As a fitness contributor to Inspirations & Celebrations, Jackie shares exercise and fitness tips to help you shape and sculpt your body.