Exercise is an important part of overall health. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest at least 150-minutes per week. Lower body workouts are a great inclusion in that weekly requirement, as they target your legs and glutes, which helps with both functional fitness as well as injury prevention.
Lower body exercises are easy to do with just bodyweight, making them possible to do at home without access to a gym or any significant equipment. So to help you meet your fitness goals, here are seven highly effective lower body exercises.
This powerful quad exercise strengthens your lower body and gets your heart rate up. Jump squats are a simple, effective exercise that you can do absolutely anywhere, making them easy to add into whatever workout you’re doing.
To perform this exercise stand with your feet hip-width apart and slightly turned out. Complete a regular bodyweight squat with proper form, but before you stand up out of the squat, squeeze your glutes and quads and push down through your heels, propelling yourself as high as you can upwards into a jump. Land softly in a squat and repeat. Try three sets of 10 to start and work your way up from there.