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There's a common belief that if you want to tone your legs and boost your bum, you should devote all your energy to squats and leg lifts of every kind.

That really won't get you there ladies.

The problem: While you'll build sleek muscle (score!), no one will notice if it's hidden under a layer of body fat.

To reveal a slimmer bottom half, you need to add a fat-burning total-body routine to those targeted moves that reshape your hips, thighs, and bum.

Luckily for you, we've got both right here! Stick to these workouts and you'll be easing into those skinny jeans in no time.

Side leg raise

Lie on your left side, rest your head on your left arm, and place your right hand on the floor in front of your chest.

Your legs should be straight with your right leg on top of your left leg.

Without moving any other part of your body, slowly raise your right leg as high as you can. Pause, then return to the starting position.

 

Clamshell

Lie on your left side with your hips and knees bent 45 degrees. Stack your right leg on top of your left leg, heels together.

Keeping your feet together and left leg on the floor, raise your right knee as high as you can without your heels coming apart.

Pause, then return to the starting position.

 

Hip raise

Lie face-up on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor.

Squeeze your glutes and press into your heels to raise your hips until your body forms a straight line from your shoulders to your knees.

Pause, then slowly lower back to the starting position. That's one rep. Repeat about 10-15 times.

 

Cross-body Mountain Climber

Start at the top of the pushup position, with your body forming a straight line from head to heels.

Keeping your abs braced, pick up your right foot and slowly bring your right knee toward your left shoulder. Then return to start.

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Yes, there is a lot of squatting.

These moves will tone that bum in no time and give you the confidence to hit the beach in style.

If you haven’t got any dumbbells, don’t worry! Grab two cans from the kitchen cupboard instead. No excuses!

1. Dumbbell Squats
Holding a dumbbell in each hand, sit to a squat and raise again. Repeat 15-20 mins.

2. Wall Sit
Squat against a wall and hold for as long as you can. This will tone your thighs as well as your bum!

3. Lunge and Side Kick
Holding a dumbbell in each hand sit into a squat and on the way up kick on leg to the side. Repeat 10 times on each side. Screaming “HIYAA” as you kick is optional.

4. Donkey Kick
Facing forward on a mat balance on your hands and knees. Slowly bring one leg up behind you and point the sole of your foot toward the ceiling as much as you can. Repeat 10 times on each side.

5. Around the World Lunge
Going in a circle, “around the world”, lunge to the front, then to the side, the back and finally the front again. Repeat set about 5-10 times.

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Walking is one of the most enjoyable and easiest forms of exercise you can do.

You don’t need any fancy equipment and it will get you out in the lovely fresh air.

Here are some tips to make walking even more beneficial for toning.

1. Tone your tummy when walking by contracting the muscles in your core area.

2. Choose uphill routes to work your thigh muscles.

3. Correct your posture and stand tall.

4. Carry some weights or put some in a backpack.

5. Invest in a heart rate monitor so you can calculate calories burned and motivate yourself.

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