Lisa Raleigh’s home workout to get rid of stubborn cellulite

Tone up your legs, thighs and tummy with these quick and easy exercises you can do while the kids watch a cartoon.

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Wellness and fitness expert, Lisa Raleigh shares 11 of her favourite home exercises, which have all been designed to target stubborn cellulite, shred fat and build strong, lean muscle in the lower body and core area.

Most of these exercises are compound exercises, which means that they activate more than one major muscle group at a time. Compound moves are also known to rev the metabolism by quickly raising the heart rate – much like high intensity interval training (HIIT).

No equiment needed

You can perform allmost all of these moves without any equipment at all, as they are effective functional exercises. If you have equipment like dumbells and resistance bands at home, you can do all the moves.

Consistency is key

“Remember, when it comes to losing those last stubborn kilos after having a baby, consistency is key. If you repeat these exercises 2 to 3 times a week, and combine them with an effective cardio routine which could involve low-impact walking, cycling or rebounding (bouncing on a mini trampoline), you can expect to start noticing results in 4 to 6 weeks,” says Lisa.

What you eat is important too

She also recommends following a healthy diet, filled with plenty of antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies, high-fibre carbohydrates such as rye bread, oats and rice, lean protein such as chicken, fish, eggs and pulses including beans, lentils and chickpeas, as well as a small amount of healthy fat in foods such as avocado, olive oil, fatty fish or nuts and nut butters.

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Let’s get moving moms!

You’ll need:

  • A sweat towel
  • A matt, towel or smooth comfortable surface to perform these moves
  • A bottle of water
  • Optional dumbbells, resistance band and Swiss ball

Elevated lunges

Find a raised surface in your home such as a step, and with your hands on your hips, face forward and rest your left back foot on the step. Step out with your right foot, until it’s 90 degrees to the ground and slowly lower your leg until you feel the tension in your quads and thighs. Repeat with your left leg.

Aim for 2 sets of 10 to 15 reps on each leg.

Lisa Raleigh home workout - elevated lunge

Hamstring curls

Lie on your tummy with your legs stretched out behind you, and your forehead resting on your arms. Keeping your legs straight with a slight bend in your knee, slowly raise your legs off the ground and curl your ankles towards your back, making sure to keep the tension in your hamstrings. Slowly, lower back to start position and repeat.

Aim for 3 sets of 10 to 15 reps.

Lisa Raleigh - home workout hamstring curls

Reverse crunch

Start by lying flat on your back with your arms at your sides and your legs straight out in front of you. Then, slowly raise your legs, keeping the tension in your middle and lower abdominal muscles. You can slip your hands under your back for extra support but try not to arch your back too much.

As you lift your legs to the ceiling, raise your butt off the ground and keep those abs tight. Then, slowly lower your legs to the starting position and repeat.

Aim for 3 sets of 10 to 15 reps.

Lisa Raleigh home workout - Reverse crunch

Swiss ball roll out

Start by kneeling in front of a Swiss ball with your palms together and elbows resting on the ball. As you find your balance, slowly roll out your body, keeping your back straight, as you feel the tension in your abs. Once you’ve extended as far as you can go, bring yourself back up to starting position.

Aim for 3 sets of 10 to 15 reps.

Lisa Raleigh home workout - Swiss ball roll out

Squat with side kick

This move can be done with or without a resistance band.

If you are using a resistance band, tie it securely around your thighs, above the knees and start by going into a squat position. Make sure your heels are flat on the ground and your knees aren’t extending past your toes. As you come back up to standing position, extend your left leg out to the side, keeping the tension in your quads and thighs. Bring back down to start position and repeat on the other side.

Aim for 2 to 3 sets of 10 to15 reps per leg.

Lisa Raleigh home workout - squat with side kick

Lunge with bicep curl

Stand with your left leg in front of you and your right leg behind you. Hold a resistance band taught between your left foot and hand. Making sure there is enough resistance, sink into a lunge, simultaneously pulling your left arm up into a curl. Hold for a moment and repeat. If you don’t have a resistance band, just do a normal lunge and fill water bottles with sand or water to use as weights for the bicep curls.

Aim for 2 sets of 10 to15 reps per side.

Lisa Raleigh home workout - lunge with bicep curl

Plie squats

This exercise can be done with or without dumbbells.

Holding a dumbbell with both hands, stand with your legs wide and toes turned out. Keep your back straight and sink into a squat. Hold for a moment then return to your starting position.

Aim for 3 sets of 10 to 15 reps.

Lisa Raleigh home workout - plie squat

Side-to-side squat jumps

These explosive moves really help to get your heart rate up. Make sure to keep proper form when performing these moves to avoid injury. For a low impact modification, skip the jumps and simply do walking side-to-side squats.

For this move, start in a squat position with your hands at your sides, facing the right side of the room. Then, get ready to jump into the air, and twist in the air so that you land facing the left side of the room.

Repeat this move 10 to 12 times.

Lisa Raleigh home workout - side-to-side squat jumps

Reverse lunges

Start by standing with your feet close together and a pair of dumbbells in each hand. Step back into a lunge position so that your right knee touches the floor and your left knee is perpendicular to the ground. Slowly come back to the start position and repeat on the other side.

Aim for 2 to 3 sets of 10 reps per leg.

Lisa Raleigh home workout - Reverse lunges

Step ups

To make this move harder, hold a pair of dumbbells.

Find a sturdy raised surface in your home, such as a bench or step. With your back straight and arms at your sides, step up onto the bench or step, with one leg, then repeat with the other.

Aim for 2 to 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps per leg.

Lisa Raleigh home workout - step ups

Cheerleader squat

Start with your legs closer together and go down into a squat position, resting your hands on your knees. Then, either jump or stand up quickly, lifting your arms above your head and as you stand straight, lift your right leg up as fast as you can- out to the side. Make sure not to extend past a comfortable range of motion. Lower your leg back to the starting position and repeat on the other side.

Aim for 2 sets of 10 to 15 reps on both sides.

Lisa Raleigh home workout - cheerleader squat

If you enjoyed this workout, click here to try Lisa’s killer upper body workout and say goodbye to those bingo wings for good.

More about the expert:

Lisa Raleigh is a long-time fitness and wellness entrepreneur. Lisa’s greatest passion is spreading healthy inspiration, education and motivation. She is the creator of online wellness challenges, nutrition and fitness programmes, and the popular LR e-store, home to healthy products Lisa either produces herself or endorses. As a mother, Lisa is dedicated to wellness for moms, and her current passions include rebounding – the powerful fitness modality that can be universally practiced for exceptional results. Visit Lisa’s website here.

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