DROP YOUR CHRIST­MAS KI­LOS BY NEW YEAR’S EVE

Sunday Mail - Body and Soul - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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