The 10-Minute Lower Body Workout You Can Do Every Day

Now is the time to get the lower body you've always dreamed of with this quick and easy exercise routine.

PERFORM THIS CIRCUIT 3 TIMES

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1. Touchdown Lunge
TONES LEGS AND BUTT
1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart, hands on your hips. Bend your knees 45 degrees so that you’re partially squatting.
2. Take a giant step back with your left leg, bending both knees until your back knee grazes the floor. Simultaneously reach down and touch the floor next to your right foot with your right fingertips (your left hand shouldn’t touch the floor).

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3. Push back to the starting position. Repeat then switch sides. To make it easier, instead of stepping back to the starting position, stay in the lunge position and simply straighten and bend legs to perform “stationary” touchdown lunges.
REPEAT 10 TO 16 TIMES EACH SIDE.

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2. Deadlift
TONES LEGS AND BUTT
1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, holding dumbbells in front of your thighs, palms facing in.
2. Keeping your lower back straight throughout the move, slowly bend at the hips, lowering the dumbbells toward the floor as far as comfortable possible. Keep the weights close to your body as you lower.

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3. Return to the starting position. If you have lower-back problems, skip the dumbbells (and avoid this exercise altogether if it hurts).
DO 10 TO 16 REPS.

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3. Sliding Side Lunge
TONES LEGS AND BUTT
1. Stand on a bare floor with your feet hip-width apart. Place a paper plate underneath your left foot. Shift your weight to your right leg and extend your arms straight out in front of you for balance.
2. Bend your right knee and squat back 45 to 90 degrees while sliding the foot on the paper plate out to the left as far as comfortably possible. Keep your right knee behind your toes as you lower.

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3. Slowly pull the left leg back to the starting position wile straightening the right leg.
REPEAT 10 To 16 TIMES, THEN SWITCH SIDES.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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