While summer holidays may be here right now, many of us are still hibernating from any sort of workout. But with the thought of poolside loungers looming over us, we want to say bye-bye to unwanted winter blubber and hello to some easy body shapers, which simply involve you, the outdoors and a yoga mat!
The Ab Attack
We want to begin by toning that tum. Here are three easy moves you can bust to work your core, lower abs and higher abs, and start burning that excess blubber.
- The knee to elbow
Lie with your back on the floor, knees bent and feet flat to the floor. Place your fingertips on the side of your head and bring your left knee to your right elbow while crunching in your middle. Now do the same with your right knee and left elbow. Repeat 15 times.
This is great for your higher abs and helps to pull in your waistline.
Lie with your back on the floor, your arms by your sides and palms facing the floor. Lift your legs into the air so they’re at a right angle to your body and, using your hands for balance, lift your bottom off the floor. Repeat 20 times.
This will get your lower abs working to start shifting that tyre you just haven’t been able to get rid of.
- The windscreen wiper
Lie with your back flat on the floor, arms stretched to the sides, knees bent and feet on the floor. Slowly lift your feet off the floor and take your knees to the left, so they’re almost touching the floor. Repeat to the right and continue 10 times.
Now you’re working your core, you should really start to feel the burrrrnnn!
The Bum Buster
Give yourself a two-minute break to let your muscles recover, then let’s get those cardiac and glute muscles working.
- The curtsey lunge to front kick
Curtsey with your left leg back. Bring your left leg up and take it all the way around to the front. Hover there for a second, before repeating the curtsey. Repeat 10 times.
This move doesn’t only tone that difficult-to-reach area just under your bottom, but also means you can start to embrace your inner ballerina.
- The hump squat
Lower yourself into a squat position and spring back up into a vertical jump. Repeat 10 times.
Like a spring lamb, you’ll be bounding towards a more toned and perky bottom in no time.
The Bicep Basher
Bingo wings are the bane of our lives. So, after your two-minute break, let’s start bashing them back to where they came from.
- The up-and-down plank
Hold a plank position and bring one elbow after the other down to meet the floor and lift back to straight arms. Repeat 10 times.
This might be a toughie, but it targets your abs and arms, and can help ease back pain.
- The diamond push-ups
Get into a push-up position, but rather than putting your hands shoulder-width apart, bring them together flat on the floor so they’re touching, to make a diamond between your two thumbs and index fingers. Begin push-ups for 15 reps.
Completing this move might take some practice, but you can measure your progress by it, and it really works those triceps.
The Thigh Thwacker
Finally, let’s target the thunder thighs!
- Lunge to forward hop
Stand with your feet hip-width apart and take a quick deep lunge with your left leg leading. Then come back up quickly and hop onto your right leg, before lunging back to the previous position, with your left leg forward and right leg behind. Switch legs and repeat 20 times.
Now you’re done. If you keep pulling these shapes, you’ll start to see progress in no time. Good luck!