Tone up with ballet at home with easy steps

Ballet-inspired workouts are taking over from other dance-based options like Zumba and Bollywood dancing.

It's a workout that involves 'micro movements', which seem like graceful bird-like movements that say experts, force you to stay in contraction, using maximum muscles, which helps burn fat. What also makes it popular is that it can be done at home. So, if you are looking to work that stubborn fat on the lower half of your body, a 30-minute ballet routine is all you need.

Here are some popular moves for you:

A semi fold
Face a bar. With knees slightly bent, hold the bar and walk back until body is at a 90 degree angle at your waist. Rest your head on the arms. Extend your right leg straight back with your foot flexed. Make circles with the leg. Repeat the same thing with the other leg.

Standing straight leg
Stand with your right hand forward on the bar, knees slightly bent and heels together.

Wrap your left arm around your waist and grab the bar. Extend your left leg diagonally back with your toes pointed. Lift and lower your left leg a couple of times.

Make circular movements. Repeat the same pattern with the other leg.

Seating fit
With one hand on the bar and the other on the hip, turn your toes out slightly and bend your knees. Push hips back like one is sinking into a seat, till you reach the knee level. Rise on toes, then lower and raise an inch.

Extension parallel
Stand with your back at a fist's distance away from the bar, feet hip-distance apart, knees slightly bent; reach back with wide arms and grab the bar.

Extend your left leg (knee toward ceiling) and flex your foot. Do the moves for 30 seconds each.

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