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Three moves for a flat belly

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Want slim hips and a flat, toned stomach? Add this routine into your fitness plan. This simple workout helps to tone your whole body and get your belly and waist looking their best, so you’ll be able to fit back into your favourite jeans in no time! Do these three moves in a circuit three days a week, with a rest day in between each workout. You’ll soon be feeling leaner, slimmer and more toned, and one step closer to reaching your weight loss goals.

You’ll need a set of hand-weights to do these exercises- 1 to 2 kilograms is a good guideline, but choose a weight that you’re comfortable with. Do one set of each exercise in succession, resting 30 seconds in between each move. After you’ve done one set of each move, rest for another 30 seconds and repeat the circuit two or three times.

Move one: Alternating row

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly bent. Keeping your lower back in its natural arch, bend at your hips and lower your torso. Hold the hand-weights out at arm’s length, then pull your right hand back to the side of your torso. You should make the movement by raising your upper arm, bending at the elbow and squeezing your shoulder blade in towards your spine. Lower that arm, and make the same movement with your left arm. Try to keep your core muscles engaged throughout the exercise. Repeat the row 6 to 8 times, continuing to alternate arms.

Move two: Sumo squats

Hold the hand-weights out in front of you at arms length. Stand with your feet quite wide apart, about twice your shoulder width. Make sure your ties are turned out slightly. Keeping your torso upright and your core engaged, with your lower back naturally arched, lower your body as far as you can. Make the movement by bending your knees and pushing your hips back. Hold the squat, then push yourself back up to the starting position. Repeat 10 to 12 times.

Move three: Mountain climber

Hold your body in a basic push-up position, with your arms straight and your body in the straight line. Keep your lower back arched and raise your right knee in towards your chest. Hold it there, then jump back out, bringing in your left knee at the same time. Keep alternating legs and repeat 10 times.  

And there you have it- three simple moves to add into your fitness plan, helping you to tone your whole body and get the flat belly you dream of.

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