Now we’re into the hotter months, we thought we’d run our programme of top exercise tips by the celebrity trainer Dee Thresher. First up, banish those love handles:
There are many things a woman wants in her life but a muffin top is rarely, if ever, one of them. That pesky roll of female softness that spills out over the top of a low waistband can sometimes take quite a bit of work to smooth – never to eradicate, though, we need some of it for optimum health.
Exercise 1: Lie on your back on top of a soft surface and kee the shoulders on the floor. Place your fingers by your temples with your elbows wide. Drop your knees to one side then lift and lower the shoulders, targeting your waistline. As you lift your shoulders advance this exercise by lifting and lowering the top leg as you raise your shoulders off the floor. Repeat 20 times. In the same position place your knee back down and drop the hand on the side of the feet and reach towards your feet by bending the spine downwards. Repeat 20 times, targeting the back of the waist.
Exercise 2: (You may use a hand weight with these exercises or a water bottle.) Lie on your back with a soft surface underneath. Lifting both legs off the floor and if possible your head also (resting on your shoulders), take one hand weight and start to “scissor” your legs. When you have the action of the scissors going, start passing the weight through your legs in a figure of 8 motion. Repeat 40 times in total and if required add a break half way through.