Thought you were stuck with the same body shape forever? Think again. We’ve got solutions to beat your genes and fix your problem areas!
1. Big tummy
One of the best ways to shift a big tum is running, especially if you alternate some tough jogging with easy walking. Try running as fast as you can for two minutes, walk for one minute, then repeat this up to 10 times. Doing this type of kilojoule-blasting interval session two or three times a week will whittle your tummy away.
2. Saddlebag thighs
Firm those outer thighs and hips with one simple move: the curtsy squat and swing.
- Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, hands on hips.
- Cross your right leg behind your left, so you are ‘curtsying’ low to the ground.
- As you return to standing, raise your right leg out to the side so it’s hip height.
- Return to the starting position; switch sides and repeat. Do 30 of these three times a week.
3. No waist
The way to get an hourglass shape is to work your back muscles.
- Sit on the floor with your knees slightly bent and two water bottles extended in front of you at shoulder height.
- Slowly pull the bottles towards you until your elbows are extended behind you.
- Hold for three, then extend your arms to the start position. Do two sets of 20 reps, three times a week.
4. Flat bottom
- Starting on your hands and knees, lift your left leg into the air, knee bent at 90 degrees, stopping when your thigh is parallel to the ground.
- Lower and repeat 20 times, before switching legs. Do two sets, four times a week.
5. Pear shape
- Stand with your feet hip-width apart.
- Hold two weights at shoulder height, palms facing forward.
- Take a long step forward and lower your body in a lunge – stop when both knees reach 90-degree angles.
- As you push back up, extend the weights in the air.
- Switch legs and repeat 20 times. Do this three times a week
6. Fat bum
- Step-ups are a great way to help burn fat, lift and tone – do them on a bench or chair.
- Step onto the bench with your left leg and, keeping your left foot on the bench, step your right foot up.
- Step back down, leading with your right leg, then bring your left foot down (think: left right, right left).
- Keep going for a minute, then repeat, leading with your right leg. Do this for four minutes every time you go out for a walk.
7. Bingo wings
- Underarm jiggle can be helped by aerobic exercises, like swimming and rowing, but give this a try: get on to all fours with your hands under your shoulders.
- Slowly lower your chest and hips to the floor, making sure your elbows are tucked in.
- Stop when your chest is close to the floor, then push back up, keeping your elbows in. Do two sets of 10–12 reps every other day.