If you feel like you’ve been hiding under those bulky Christmas jumpers for long enough, it’s time to look ahead to the warmer weather. But don’t waste time lamenting that extra helping of Christmas dinner, just meet the workouts that’ll help you get back into shape in time to cast off those layers. Here, we target arms, waists and tums.
Don’t forget to warm up before you start these exercises.
We’ll be giving this bingo-wing banisher a go for sculpted upper arms. Press-ups are the perfect exercise for your arms, but it’s important to make sure you’re doing them right:
- Start by putting your hands flat on the floor, directly underneath your shoulders, before fully extending your arms. Your fingers should face forward. Stretch your legs straight out behind you (so your body resembles a plank) and ensure your knees are off the ground.
- Keeping your body rigid, bend your elbows out to the sides to lower your body to the floor. Stop when your chest is around two inches from the floor.
- Push back up so your arms are extended again – you’ll feel the movement working those upper arms.
- Repeat this move ten or 15 times per session to really see the benefit.
Let this clever move slim down your waist. Founder of New York’s Exhale Mind Body Spa, Elisabeth Halfpapp, includes it in her waist-whittling routine, which should be done at least three times a week for maximum inch-loss potential:
- Sit on the floor with your lower back resting against a wall.
- Bend your knees slightly and plant your feet just over shoulder-width apart in front of you.
- Plant your hands on the floor between your legs in front of you.
- Squeeze your abdominal muscles.
- Using your fingertips to press into the floor in front of you, lift your feet up until they are about six inches off the floor.
- Lower your feet back down to the floor.
- Do three sets of 20 reps.
If you’re looking for more than just the usual stomach crunches to work out your core muscles, Men’s Fitness suggests the imaginatively named ‘Spiderman Plank Crunch’. We’ll be getting on board with this simple and effective move that works both the front and back of your abdominal area:
- Start in the plank position (with your body straight, forearms resting on the ground in front of you, and elbows directly underneath your shoulders). Bring your right knee out and up towards your right elbow.
- Return to the starting (plank) position.
- Now do the same with your left leg, bringing it up towards your left elbow.
- That counts as one rep, and you should aim to alternate sides for ten complete reps.