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HAVE FUN WITH

A HULA HOOP

It’s not only a great laugh, but re­ally tar­gets the waist. Choose a hoop that reaches your waist or chest when you put it on its side; larger ones are eas­ier to use be­cause they spin more slowly. Put one foot in front of the other for bal­ance. Then grip the hoop firmly and re­lax it against one side of your torso.

NOW SPIN: if you’re righthanded go anti-clock­wise; vice versa if you’re a lefty. Keep moving your waist in a cir­cu­lar mo­tion as you let go of the hoop and aim to get it to wrap it­self around your waist.

As you get bet­ter at it, ma­noeu­vre the hoop up and down the col­umn of your waist area. When you feel your oblique mus­cles kick­ing in, you are start­ing to have some ef­fect on burn­ing ex­cess fat.

HOLD THAT TUMMY

IN WHILE YOU VAC­UUM

You’ll be work­ing the ab­dom­i­nal mus­cles that you can’t see... your transver­sus ab­do­mi­nis lies be­neath the front rec­tus ab­do­mi­nis and flat­tens your waist­line when you pull in your tummy.

If you only do this when you’re vac­u­um­ing the floor, it’ll still make a dif­fer­ence: pull your belly but­ton to­ward your spine and hold for 10 sec­onds while breath­ing nor­mally. Re­lease, then re­peat five times. Try to do this move as of­ten as pos­si­ble through­out the day – whether sit­ting at your desk or mak­ing a cup of cof­fee... w&h

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