Jessica Simpson is an inspiration to everyone who has ever struggled with their weight (even a tiny little bit.) The 33-year-old has gotten some serious criticism in the past for her fluctuating weight, but this singer, actress, designer, and mother of two looks better than ever. Her secrets? A healthy attitude toward eating (she is a Weight Watchers spokesperson and user), regular workouts, and setting small, obtainable fitness goals. Ready to work your way toward a great physique of your own? Here are a few pointers to help get you started.
When Simpson starred in the 2005 Dukes of Hazzard remake, she became famous for her perfectly sculpted legs. Almost 10 years later, she’s back to rocking her Daisy Dukes. Along the way, she got some help from her personal trainer Harley Pasternak, who worked with her four days a week for 45 minutes. “It’s a lot of resistance training, lots of lunges and squats. There are bursts of cardio throughout the workout as well,” Simpson told USA TODAY.
If you’re hoping to create lean legs and a toned body, Pasternak recommends this routine, as shown in Fitness.
- First, in order to have beautifully sculpted legs, cardio is a must. Pasternak suggests doing at least 30 minutes of cardio five times a week. Try cycling, running, in-line skating, and stair climbing — they’ll all do wonders for your legs.
- Lie face up on the floor with your arms at your sides, palms down, and calves on top of a stability ball. Engage your abs and roll the ball toward your body with your heels, lifting your hips. Once your heels are on top of the ball, slowly roll back to start, lowering your body to the floor. Do 20 reps and aim for three sets.
- Add some hills to your walk, per Fitness. ”Incline walking activates your glutes and hamstrings, plus it’s easy on the knees,” Pasternak says. If you’re on a treadmill, set the incline to level eight, and walk at a pace of at least 3.5 mph for 30 minutes. You can also incorporate hiking, mountain biking, and climbing stairs.
- Now, it’s time to move on to a butt sculpting exercise. Stand on your left leg, two to three feet in front of a chair, with your right foot on the seat behind you, leaving a slight bend in your right knee. Keeping your hands by your chin and your chest up, bend your left knee 90 degrees as your right knee inches toward the floor. Hold for one count, and return to start. Do 10 reps, switch sides, and repeat. Aim for three sets per side.