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WOBBLE BLASTERS. THREE SIMPLE EXERCISES FOR THE TRICKY BITS

WOBBLE BLASTERS. THREE SIMPLE EXERCISES FOR THE TRICKY BITS

In an ideal world we could magically shrink the parts of the body that bother us. Unfortunately the idea of ‘spot reduction’ is one of those classic exercise myths. Cardio combined with sensible eating are the ways to reduce body fat, but neither can be targeted.

That’s where certain tried and true exercises come in. Try these to work on those wobbly bits.

1. FOR A STRONGER CORE – MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS

Toning all your abdominal muscles helps to support your back, improve your posture and give you the strength to cope with all your activities. This exercise needs only floor space and a bit of ‘slip’ on the surface. If you are on a smooth floor, use either your socks or a pair of paper plates.

To do it: Get into a plank position with the ‘slip’ items on your feet. Move your right knee to your right elbow and return. Repeat on the other side. As you get stronger, lengthen plank time and increase the pace.

2. FOR TONED ARMS – PLANK TO PUSH-UP

This really works the triceps which are often neglected.

To do it: Get into a forearm plank position, elbows on the floor. (Begin on your knees if you are not used to this) Use one hand to help push up into a high plank, hold for 10 seconds, then return. Repeat on the other side. As you get stronger, move to full push-ups beginning flat on the floor.

3. FOR A NEATER REAR – GLUTE BRIDGE

This needs only a platform for your feet. That can either be an exercise bench or your sofa, both are the right height.

To do it: Lie on your back and place your feet on the platform. Put your hands flat on the floor. Squeeze your glutes so that you create a straight line from neck to knees. Don’t arch your back. Hold for 30 seconds, lower and repeat. To make it harder, raise one leg straight in the air.

 

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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