8 exercises you can do at home right now to tone your legs and butt fast

When you don't have the time or money to work out in a gym, getting in shape can feel impossible. Many exercises that you can do from home are just as effective (or more so) than weight machines.
If you're aiming to get your legs and butt in shape this year, try these exercises.
1. Skater lunge
Lunges are a versatile exercise because you can adjust your position and movement a little to create a different move, according to People Bodies. To tackle the skater lunge, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Step backward, taking your starting foot behind the other leg, while squatting. Return to the starting position and repeat on the other side. (It's called a skater lunge because it resembles a roller skating move.)
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2. Hip lift progression
This double-whammy workout gives your tush a serious workout while helping relieve lower back pain, according to Fitness magazine. Start by lying on your back with your arms resting at your sides and knees bent with your feet flat on the floor. Lift your hips up toward the ceiling and hold. Return to the starting position and repeat. You can intensify this workout by lifting a leg straight out during your repetitions.
3. The chair squat
This one is gonna burn! Position a sturdy chair behind you. With your feet hip-width apart, raise your arms as you slowly lower your butt toward the chair. As you lower yourself, stay focused on keeping your core contracted. As soon as your tush hits the chair, use your bum muscle to pull yourself back up.
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4. Squat kicks
Want a rounder tush? Try this exercise from Cosmopolitan. Start with your feet just a bit wider than shoulder-width apart. Hold your arms at a 90-degree angle against your chest. Bend your knees into a 90-degree squat. Once your thighs are parallel to the ground, kick your left leg out to the side as high as you can. Lower slowly. That's one rep. Do both sides.
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5. Exercise ball leg curl
Grab your exercise ball and hit the floor for this top-ranking butt and leg workout from Men's Fitness. Lie flat on the floor with your arms at your side. Place your heels on top of your exercise ball. Raise your hips in the air, bend your knees and roll the ball back toward you (remember to keep your hips up the entire time). Then roll the ball back to starting position for one count.
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6. Duck squat
Position yourself with your feet shoulder-width apart and hands clasped at chest level in front of you. Squat until your butt is parallel to the ground. This is the beginning position. From here, lower your butt down until it rests just above your heels. Raise yourself back to the starting position for one rep. This works your legs, butt and abs, according to Exercise.com.
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7. Warrior III pose
If you're a yoga fan, you'll love this one. Not only will it help tone your legs and tush, your abs will get worked out too. Begin by standing with your feet together. While raising your arms above your head, lift your left leg up and back so that your toes point down. Lean forward, putting your weight on your right leg, chest parallel to the ground. Hold for several deep breaths. Repeat with your other leg. While this position is pretty simple, Yoga Journal recommends beginners keep a chair in front of them in case they lose their balance.
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8. Single leg squat with towel
You'll need a hard surface (and some coordination) for this exercise from Tribe Sports. Stand with your legs shoulder width apart. Place a small folded towel under your left foot. Shift your body weight onto your right leg. Slowly slide the towel out to the side and back into place. Keeping your body weight on the opposite leg should keep you from sliding out too far. Work each side for one minute.
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Need more help with these moves? Watch the video below:
Ready to get your booty and legs in tip-top shape? Hit the living room and tackle a few of these exercises. Make sure to share these with your friends on Facebook too!
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