Get Stronger

In month 6 of our 12 Healthy Habits challenge, the focus turns to building muscle.

10-Minute Lower-Body Workout

Tone your glutes, quads, and thighs with this superfast lower-body routine, then enjoy a 20-minute dinner recipe.

Lower Body - Part 1
David Martinez

Lower Body - Part 1

What you'll need: A step or low bench, and a pair of five- to eight-pound dumbbells. (If any of the toning moves are difficult, do them without weights for the first few weeks.)

Minute 1: Step-Ups on a Bench (cardio)
Stand facing a bench or step. Quickly step up with your right foot, then your left, then step down with the right foot, followed by the left. Repeat, moving comfortably as fast as you can. After 30 seconds, switch the lead leg. 

Minute 2: Skater's Lunge (toning, pictured)
Stand on a hardwood or linoleum floor with socks on (remove shoes for this move). Lift left heel, and slowly slide leg back and to side at a 45-degree angle, bending right leg. (Lower as far as you can comfortably.) Keep chest lifted, and don’t allow right knee to move past toes. Hold for a count of three, then squeeze buttocks as you slide leg back to start position.

After 30 seconds, switch legs.

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