Midriff Tight­ener

A bril­liantly sim­ple work­out that fea­tures a mix of strength and yoga moves to tighten and tone a soft midriff. For these you will need: A mat or car­pet, and a handy bench

Women's Weekly (Malaysia) - - Keep Fit -

ONE LEG BRIDGE

Lie on your back with knees bent, feet flat and arms by your sides. Raise your hips off the floor as high as you can. Now straighten your left leg (Make sure hips stay level and keep weight on shoul­ders, not neck). Hold for a count of three; lower to start po­si­tion. Re­peat for 30 secs, then switch legs.

HALF ROLL-UPS

Lie on your back with legs out, toes pointed. In­hale and raise your arms. Ex­hale and press your lower back down as you roll your head, neck and shoul­ders up, reach­ing your fin­gers to­wards the ceil­ing, un­til you feel a strong con­trac­tion in your stom­ach mus­cles. Slowly re­turn to the start and re­peat.

HIP LIFTS

Lie on your left side. Prop your left el­bow di­rectly un­der your left shoul­der, as shown. Keep your head and neck lifted. Now raise your left hip away from the floor, so your left el­bow and foot sup­port your weight. Hold for a count of three, then lower to start po­si­tion. After 30 secs, switch sides.

DEAD BUG

Lie on your back with hands by your sides, knees bent at a 90-de­gree an­gle and feet off the floor. Tighten your ab­dom­i­nals and slowly lower your left leg to­wards the floor, straight­en­ing as shown. Stop when you feel your lower back com­ing off the floor. Re­turn to start, then switch legs. Al­ter­nate for 1 min.

Tip: Tighten your leg mus­cles.

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