When you squat, pretend you are sitting in a chair, and remember to keep your weight in your heels.
Place your feet shoulder width apart or slightly wider. Hold your hands at chest level for balance.
Bend at your knees and hips, sticking out your butt like you're sitting into an imaginary chair. Keep your chest lifted and your spine in neutral. Do not let your lower back round as you squat.
Lower down so your thighs are as parallel to the floor as possible, keeping your knees over your ankles.
Keep your core engaged as you press your heels into the floor to return to standing.
This completes one rep. Repeat for one minute.
Remember to keep your weight in your heel as you come down into a lunge, and lift your toes up as you're stepping back up from a lunge in order to make the move more effective.
For a full-body move, hold dumbbells or a medicine ball.
Stand upright, feet together.
Take a controlled step forward with your right leg, curling the dumbbells to your shoulders and keeping your elbows close to the body.
Lower hips toward the floor and bend both knees (almost at 90-degree angles). The back knee should come close but never touch the ground. Your front knee should be directly over the ankle, and the back knee should be pointing down toward the floor.
Push off with your left foot and bring it forward to starting position, lowering the dumbbells to your side.
This completes one rep.
Next step forward and repeat with the left leg as your front leg.
Repeat for one minute.
Alternating Side Lunge
Start with your feet directly under your hips. Step your right foot wide to the side, coming into a lunge with your left fingers touching your right foot. Your right knee shouldn't go beyond your right toes. Keep your chest lifted and your weight in your heels.
Push into your right foot to return to standing, then lunge sideways to the left to complete one rep.
Repeat for one minute.
Stand with your feet wide, toes pointing out. Hold your hands comfortably in front of your chest, and bend your knees, lowering your hips deeply so your thighs are parallel with the floor. Make sure to keep your weight back in your heels.
Then rise back up, straightening the legs completely, squeezing the glutes at the top of the movement to get the most out of the exercise.
This counts as one rep. Repeat for one minute.
Start standing with your feet wider than shoulder width. With your back slightly arched, push your hips back, bend your knees, and lower your body until your thighs are parallel to the floor and your elbows touch your knees.
With your weight focused in your heels, push yourself up to the starting position.