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.
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.
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.
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.
Just do a plank and squeeze your buttocks at the same time - it works all the body parts in one move!
Glute bridge is good to do while you're watching TV!
despite the image these exercises aren't just for women - plank to pushup in particular is really good for the arms.
why worry? They don't do a wobble check before letting you on the plane! I like the sound of the mountain climbers although I fear there may be a little comedy before I get it right...
I really need to tame my wobbly bits but am going on holiday in 3 weeks - is that enough time?!