Before you begin: You need dumbbells
1. Alternating Standing Obliques
Standing with your arms overhead, bring your left elbow and right knee together, then return to starting position. Repeat, switching to right elbow and left knee. Do 10 reps.
Perfect your form: Keep your back straight and your abs tight to activate your core.
Dial it down: Do the entire exercise lying on your back.
Amp it up: Hold a light dumbbell in each hand.
2. Forward lunge with lateral raise
Stand in a lunge, holding a dumbbell in each hand. Bend knees until your front thigh is parallel to the ground, while raising arms to shoulder height. Return to starting position. Do 10 reps on each leg.
Perfect your form: Don’t let your front knee pass your toes.
Dial it down: Skip the arms and just do straight lunges.
Amp it up: Hold the lunge longer, or try a heavier weight.
3. Double-arm dumbbell swing
Stand in a squat with your feet wider than hip-width apart, toes facing forward, holding one dumbbell with both hands. Keeping your arms straight, swing both hands above your head as you push out of the squat. Do 10 reps.
Perfect your form: Keep feet and knees facing forward.
Dial it down: Drop the weight.
Amp it up: Slow it down. Hold the squat for three seconds.
4. Single-leg hip raises
Lie on the ground with one leg bent and the other leg straight up in the air. Raise your hips off the ground. Hold for five seconds, then return to the floor. Do 10 reps on each leg.
Perfect your form: Keep your hips level by engaging your core.
Dial it down: Raise hips with both feet planted on the floor.
Amp it up: Use a resistance band or add ankle weights.
Calorie-burning bonus: Really want to get that blood flowing? Boost your heart rate by jogging on the spot for 30 to 60 seconds between exercises. Even better? Finish your workout by bundling up and going for a brisk walk in your neighbourhood.