Summer is almost upon us, girls. If only men understood what a dreaded period summertime is for us – it equals exposed skin. And exposed skin means that all our undesirable areas and imperfections are no longer hidden under the comfortable darkness of our clothes. Should we worry? Absolutely not (Read: ‘Obesity: Put Your Mind to It’).

All women should love and accept their current body shape without having to feel bad or uncomfortable about it. If you are not totally happy with the way your body looks like right now, you can do something about it. (Read: ‘The Healthier You’). And while you are aiding your body in becoming fitter and stronger you will improve your health, too, in the meantime.

Finding the time and the emotional strength to start working out, especially when you are more than a bit over your normal weight, can be challenging and very difficult (Read: ‘5 Strategies to Avoid if you Want to Lose Weight’). It all takes time, patience and a lot of love towards yourself. Yes, you have to love and forgive yourself daily. You need to learn to accept your weaknesses as much as your strengths, to give yourself some time to heal, recover, get used to a new situation, and try again and again as many times as needed when things don’t go the way you would want them to (Read: ‘Eat your Breakfast, please‘).

Like most moms, I also have very limited time to work out daily. I have realized, though, that often, my ‘limited time’ acts as an unconscious ‘excuse’ for me not to focus on something so important. Feeling and being healthy is so much more than having a ‘nice’ body. Although I sometimes visit the gym, I also wanted to find some simple and easy exercises to do at home aimed at toning specific areas of my body. I have tried all the following workout positions and I am surprised at how different I feel already, only 2 weeks in (Read: ‘Hit the Gym for a Memory Boost’).

  1. Lunges

One of the best exercise to do for legs and butt toning. They do give amazing results and are quite easy to although very powerful. Using your core to balance, lunges will help sculpture your legs and butt  – try doing 3 sets of 10 every day.

  1. Squats

They are a bit more challenging since they tend to hurt a bit at first. Squats primarily train the muscles of the thighs, buttocks, quadriceps as well as strengthen  the bones, ligaments and insertion of the tendons throughout the lower body. A really great exercise for toning those muscles and watch your body changing shape!

  1. Inner thighs

This is an area of the body that often doesn’t get enough attention I think but it surely needs more. It’s many women’s main problem area. Check out the basic way to do some inner thigh lifts and a really good 10 minute workout that promises to bring the results you want.

  1. Kickbakcs

A great exercise to tone your legs and lift your butt! Enough said. Start working out!

5. Butt Raises

Michael George, personal trainer, explains how to do this exercise : Start from lying flat on the ground, place one heel up on a bench or chair. Your hips are flat on the floor as you raise one foot upward. Position your arms by your side on the floor/ mat. As your raise your hips upward, contract your posterior glute muscles until they are at the highest point you can go. Hold for a beat or two and lower back to the start position. Do 25 reps on one side and repeat on the other side. Do 2 sets of 25 reps each 3 to 4 times a week for a tight tush.

  1. Abs workout

I really like these series – energetic, great for targeting specific areas,  and easy to do at home. This 7 minute workout is one of my favorite ones for losing that belly fat and toning those muscles.

Always remember: even a little effort is better than no effort at all and it will eventually pay off. Try those 6 body shaping exercises every day and watch your body transforming . Why don’t you spice up things in the bedroom as well? The benefits really go far beyond the obvious (Read: ‘Sex for Health’).

Our bodies are capable of anything. It’s our minds we have to convince.

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Psychologist, world citizen, mother - Effie is one half of the alwaysladies.com founding pair. She can bring to life any party with either a smile, or a strong opinion. If like us you can't get enough of Effie, visit her blog at www.thethinkingmomblog.com

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