4 Fitness Moves That Transform Your Body

young african american woman doing push ups

Photoshop isn’t the only way to see your body transform into a lean, fit, fat-burning machine. For a fitness novice, the gym can be an intimidating place, and the idea of committing to a 45-minute workout DVD can seem overwhelming. If you’re ready to get moving, but don’t know where to start, follow these four easy moves.

#1 Push-Up:
Nothing symbolizes fitness quite like the simple push-up. Yes, it’s simple, but it works. It tests your entire body by engaging every part of it — arms, chest, abdomen, hips and legs. Doing them is the easiest, fastest and most effective way to get fit. They are the gold standard. You may need to start with a modified push-up (on your knees), but eventually, you’ll build up to the full push-up.

How to do a full push-up:
Make your entire body straight, like a plank, with your toes and the balls of your feet on the mat, and hands directly under your chest. Using your arms, go down to the count of 4, and back up to the count of 4. Do 12-15 reps.

#2 The plié squat:
This version of the squat focuses on the inner thighs, a problem area for many women, especially.

How to do a plié Squat: Stand with feet wider than hip distance apart. Turn toes out and heels in. Slowly bring your body weight back onto your heels as you bend your knees out toward your toes, to the count of 4, and squat down while pushing your butt out. For both squats, never tuck your tailbone in. That puts too much stress on knees.