DROP YOUR CHRISTMAS KILOS BY NEW YEAR’S EVE
This whole-body move is great for core strength and stability, and body awareness.
Kneel on the mat with your chest up, shoulders down, abs engaged, head up and your spine long. Hold the weight in your right hand and raise your arm so your bicep is close to your ear and that shoulderblade is down; keep the right arm fully extended throughout (pictured). Look straight ahead and lead with your right foot as you step up from a kneeling position to standing, then use a controlled movement to step back to the starting position. This is 1 rep. Repeat but this time lead with your other leg as you step up.
This leg and butt move also works the shoulders and gets your heart pumping.
Stand tall with your shoulders down, chest up and abs engaged. Hold the weight in your right hand. In a slow, controlled movement, push your hips back and down to a squat, taking both arms behind you. Push through your heels as you swing both arms in front of you. At the peak of the move, pass the dumbbell to your left hand (pictured), then lower to the starting position. This is 1 rep. Repeat but this time pass the dumbbell from your left hand to your right.