Cardio Fit & Lite Yoga Workout!
by Denise Austin ||
Cardio is so important for our health and well-being... especially our heart health, and this Cardio Fit & Lite Yoga Workout is a great place to get your cardio AND target-tone those hips and thighs!! I always suggest people try to get three or four days of cardio in per week, about 20-30 minutes per workout.That's why I am presenting cardio workout in February, as part of American Heart Month! There are all sorts of cardio workout you can do, but something that combines cardio and target toning is always a plus - it will get your heart rate up, but also mix it up and keep your mind engaged as well.Lots of people ask for my older TV workouts, and this Cardio Fit & Lite Yoga Workout is a popular one. Did you know you can access my TV shows right in my LifeFit 360 Plan? Almost 100 TV show workouts, including strength training, dance, yoga, Pilates and more... join me in the desert, on the beach, and from other fun locations! Start your free trial now!So set aside 20 minutes today to do this cardio workout - maybe even give it a try three to four times this week - you can do it! Your heart is so worth it, and you will feel great afterwards! Plus - toned hips and thighs!!
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Let's get fitter, together - inside and out!
Hi I'm Denise Austin and welcome to fit light today we're gonna target our hips and thighs to slenderize our thighs alsoI'll give you some extra tips on how to get a good night's rest we're exercisingfrom the beautiful Red Mountain spa inst. George Utah welcome to a wonderfulworkout let's begin taking a nice deep cleansing breath bringing in greatoxygen and let out any stress that you may have that's it just exhale it outgreat again inhale and exhale wonderful we're gonna start with some yoga thenwe're going to go right into cardio light and today we're gonna focus on ourlegs hips and thighs and we'll finish it off with some wonderful energizing yogaand let's stretch to the other side that's it you can do it give yourself apat on the back for doing this this morning with me I'm proud of you juststick with the half-an-hour and you will feel energized get relaxed feeling greatgood legs apart and now slowly shift the weight to the side to that leg now feelthe stretch in your inner thighs great for circulation that's it stretch yourarms fingertip to fingertip relax your shoulders you got it did youget a good night rest last night I hope so it's good to get up in the morningfeel refreshed from a good night's rest and slowly stretch to the side I'm a bigbeliever in sleeping well trying to sleep at least eight hours seven toeight I try to get every single night hat's right sleeping really energizesyou for the day revitalizes you it's where your body has time to repairthat's right rejuvenate good and turn your feet tothe other side and stretch down where your pose hold that strong posebeautiful legs beautiful that's it just hold it up there and let's stretch tothe side side lunge get deep into the stretch great for those legs excellentyou got it one of the best things that I like to do is go to bed earlyaround 10:30 at night I try to get in bed asleep by 10:30 and then I wake upat 6:30 that worked out so try to get in and work out every morning I findmornings are best and slowly stretch up you know why cuz when dinner comesaround I'm too busy getting dinner on the table the kids my husbandto make a nice dinner every night so I workout in the morningI know that's my little time for myself to get in shapeand I personally workout 30 minutes Monday through Friday you can have it ahealthy lifestyle have it stretch your spine come on stretch your back is yourtummy in I hope so pull it up and in that to the goal here okay slowly comeup and slowly come up that's it and twist to the side great for the waisttrim and slim the waistline that's it great twist that's itrelax your shoulders twist to the other side twist great for that back great foryour spine good and chest forward good stretch in the back feel it in your legsto your hamstring lift up and turn to the other side hold it an airplane anddown back is straight and slowly come up go get your shoes onI'll be right back for cardio light are you ready to burn some calories welllet's get started this is my cardiol ight segment where we're gonna burnsome calories but also do it low-impacts o it's easier on your body okay let'sget started we're gonna go side to side side andside good that's it just go side tap stop that's it goodgo get into it you can do it yes that'si t I want you to be wearing shoes whenyou do cardiovascular workout helps absorb some of that shock okay have agood long time that's right good going now add a little off use yourarms use your legs that's it great lift the body you're doing great keep itgoing we're real close to the Zion National Park beautiful here st. GeorgeUtah low-impact aerobics can't stopgreat come on this is her account howyou gonna burn more calories burn more fat move that body come on use it greatif you don't use those muscles you'll lose them we don't want that becausemuscles help our metabolism boost that metabolism two more that's one great now hold itshuffle hop shuffle good you got shuffle this time forward that's it good thingsup work that body good is your back straight don't hunch forward cell butlifting good fit and fabulous after 40 that's what we'll be that's it greatlift the arms up good knees up good and liftgood did you know that thirty percent of American adults aren't getting a goodnight rest we gotta change now you gotta get a good night's sleep so importantfor overall good health here are a couple tips make sure it's exercisingyour day in the morning of the day aerobic ly like we are you'll sleep moresoundly okay aerobic exercise is great it really helps you get a better night'ssleep that's it also if you can't go to bed atnight research shows that you just have a warm glass of skim milk that will helpsoothe you and asleep good two more just like thatone more now hold it up get those knees higher that's greattuck in that tummy use your abs great you can do it good that's it now onething I have learned is don't watch TV in bed when you're ready to go to sleepgo to bed okay it really does help you fall right back to sleepfall to sleep good keep it up and one thing I avoid it's caffeine don't do anycoffee drinks or cokes or things like that after 2:00 p.m. this caffeine canstain your body up to eight hours okay I'm not a big believer in a lot ofcaffeine you need out just drink lots of water that's a best option water keepyou hydrated two more good and side side lifters aren't good you've got it if youadd these certain exercises to your workout you'll work the arms and thelegs double the workout in half the time yes good you can do it use your legmuscles come on shake those thighs great good two more great and shake it outstretch it out your back straight pull into lower tummythat's it good then kick in for fun fitness can be fun if you stick to ityou'll pass that hard point and you'll do itvery natural and easier up next is my hips and thighs second you might want achair go get a chair welcome back to the Red Mountain spa nowit's time to slenderize our thighs let's get started I've got the chair here forextra balance and also I feel like it's my ballet bar we're gonna start out withsome outer thigh toners Slim's the outsideno more saddlebags that's it this is a great one and the leg that you'restanding on is getting an exercise too these are all great leg exercises thathelp to lose an inch around each side and that great you just got to do theseexercises they work proven lift the leg out and back down great the leg you'restaying on a slightly bent okay don't lock out your knees that's it and liftup through the ABS always focus on those ABS they're pulled up and in zip it uplike a corset good think about good posture slimming down our hips andthighs this exercise is very effective good lift and lower we've got two morereally feel it last one I want you to hold it out there hold it out thereextend the body hold it up three two one great okay let's bring it across thebody for our inner thigh toners cross the body that's it bring it across pointthat toe that's it really feel it in the inner part of your thighs squeeze thoseinner thighs squeeze them excellent you got it look beautiful looking legs niceand firm cellulite free yes come on that's the goal or we're gonna beautifullegs that's it cross in front this is for me on the inside of your legs that'sit great two more last one we hold it hold it right there good back isstraight beautiful posture great now let's work the back of the thighs pullyour heel up and back down great this is working the hamstringmuscles right back here to give beautiful shape good no more cottagecheese look back there you know what I'm talking aboutyeah good when I don't work out or do my leg exercises I start to see thoselittle pockets too so that's why I really believe in leg exercises they dowork and especially this one I love this one because it works right here rightwhere we need the extra help yes good you got it excellent just acouple more cuz they're very effective they're small movements but you can feelit last one we hold it up hold it up hold it up okay take a breather let'sswitch sides go to the other side and let's begin with our outer thigh tonersreally great leg exercises that shape the bottom half I love this one it'scalled the saddlebag slimmer this works the outer thighs as well as your hipsslimming down that bottom half you can do it we might already feel iton this leg already and you know why cuz the standing leg was getting a workoutso I totally understand but you already feel it right there where it hurts I canfeel it too they're great exercises are fabulous forthe outer thighs notice my stomach is in the knee a slightly bet that I'mstanding on good and you're working those outer thigh slimming all righthere really works you can do it it's worth itshape up those legs that's it they're nice and firm look great the skirts andshorts feel confident feel comfortable wearing it we got two more last one holdit up hold it up hold it out oh yes I could feel it can you whoo baby I feltit let's firm up those inner thighs bring it across the body and squeeze inthe inside of your thighs squeeze these our inner thigh toners no more jiggliesinside our legs come on this way our legs won't rub together we'll burn themup swim them down yes these exercises work I know but Idon't do them I see the difference let me tell ya good I'm just like everybodyelse good but you gotta keep it up I know how much better I look and feelwhen I keep it up every day good really feel it across the body go across andsqueeze really squeeze it you got it do you notice that inside of my legs arereally crossing over my foot is flex if you can flex your foot you can reallyfeel the difference okay feel the difference feel itshe's got a couple more whoo boy last one hold it there squeeze squeezesqueeze squeeze great ok now for the back of our thighs good what's thatcellulite area this is prone to cellulite for us women so here we goflex and point flex and point reshaping the buttocks as well as the back of yourthighs this is called a hamstring curl this works the back of those legs yesshaping and toning and firming up you got itmake sure when you're doing this the stomach stays in if you can pull it upand in that's it just make a conscientious effort to pullit in yes good this will really work those muscles reshape that bottom halfthat's why we're doing this there's a reason this is a purpose for goodbenefit to the legs two more last one hold it up beautiful keep going I'll beright back with yoga let's begin our energizing yoga routinestarting with the deep cleansing breath bringing in the oxygen breath iseverything and let out any stress that you may have just let it out release anytension that you may have good and wax the shoulders release any tension that'sit just loosen it up the hard part's over now it's time to stretchenjoy your yoga that's it if you'd like to do a little stretching yoga in theevening that's okay he'll help unwind you and get you ready for a good nightrest that's it stretch it all the way back now it's best to do more toning andstretching exercises in the evening in aerobics aerobics is a little more highenergy it's better to do that in the morning or in the day because it canrevenue up which we love right especially in the morning okay andstretch it out let's stretch out those legs we sure used him didn't we todaywho did some of those great exercise for the thighs the slenderize our thighs andstretch it out good hold that stretch open up the chest that's itgreat and lift your arms up and take it all the way back for a full body reachfull body stretch get deep into the stretch as your upper body lifts liftsup and deeper into the leg stretch so what part of the body is reaching up theother part the lower part is leaning down to stretch better okay let's go tothe other side lean into the stretch into a beautiful warrior you're strongyou're lean you're looking great aving fun yes good and now slowly liftup full body reach full body reach come on you can do itgreat stretch stretch it up stretch away your stress that's it and let's stretchto the side elongating the spine again get deeper into the stretch here you goget deep in the stretch and everything else is reaching it's feeling the reachthat's it helping making space for each vertebrae that's great hold it good andslowly lift your body weight all the way up and bend forward hands at your hipsfeel the stretch now bend one knee and reach your handsto the ground that's it great and shift your body weight to the other side getlower feel the stretch this is great for theinner thighs the area we really firmed up today sonow we're you long D hold that stretch now can you do it with your foot flexedup feel the difference inside the inner part of your thigh just by one littlechange we work a different area of the muscle and switch to the other side flexthat toe all the way up flex it up get good circulation those legs andpreventing varicose veins that's it circulation is what heals your body andslowly straighten out your back flat back lift up using your thighs using themuscles of your legs wonderful bring your legs togetherinhale and exhale stay tuned I'll be don't you feel great you accomplished aworkout today I'm proud of you remember to try to eat well today too it goeshand-in-hand exercise and eating right and also is a good night rest sleepingsoundly here are a couple extra tidbits about sleeping your best first of alltry to go to bed at the same time each night our body works better on a goodsleep schedule also try to avoid caffeine after about 2:00 p.m. andalways do a little stretching before you go to bed that will help unwind you getrid of some of that stress and tension in your muscles keep fit each and everyday and you'll feel better it's all about feeling better about yourself