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Video:Beginner Lower Body Exercises for Overweight People

with Steve Petersen

Learn a few simple yet effective beginner lower body exercises for overweight people, so that you can strengthen your lower body without straining yourself. Here are some beginner lower body exercises for overweight people.See Transcript

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Transcript:Beginner Lower Body Exercises for Overweight People

Hi, I'm Steve Peterson, certified personal trainer of Steve Sweat NYC for About.com. In this video, I'll be going over some beginner lower body exercises for people who are overweight.

Leg Raises Are a Good Beginner Lower Body Exercise for Overweight People

All you really need for the first routine is either is either a bed that you have at home or you can work out on a bench like this. Support yourself upright with your shoulders. Concentrate on the leg that you're going to be raising. We want to raise the leg up to almost a 90-degree angle. We don't want to raise it too high, but right about here. This will help to build your lower extremities.

Switch Sides for a Good Beginner Lower Body Exercise for Overweight People

After we do about 10 to 15 repetitions, you can go and do the opposite side. Now you are going to do the same exact thing but on the opposite side of your body. Same thing, same position, just opposite leg. Raise your leg into the air, not above 90 degrees. Now you will start to feel some discomfort as you progress. Though no pain no gain -- so the saying goes.

Squats Are a Helpful Beginner Lower Body Exercise for Overweight People

Next, we're going to do squats. We're not going to use any weights. We'll use our actual body weight to make this exercise effective. Spread your legs, shoulder width apart. Rotate your hips back. Move our buttocks back as if we are sitting in a seat. Then stand back up. Again it's like this. Go as if you are sitting in a seat, rotate your hips back, stand upright again. Repeat. Make sure your knees do not go below your ankles.

So I showed you a few routines that you can do to strengthen the lower body. Thanks for watching. For more information, please visit About.com.

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