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Little Black Dress Workout

 20th Oct 2015

Little Black Dress WorkoutFor those that want to do a bit of a “shape-up” for that little black dress or party suit, we’ve got some tips on how to get toned in just a month.

  • Every day you need to include a brisk 10-minute walk in your routine. Whether you tag it on to your journey to work, create time at the end of your day or use our treadmill, this walk is a must. It will kick-start your fitness regime and you can burn over 100 calories (that's a glass of wine!) every time.

  • You also need to ensure that you climb a minimum of two flights of stairs per day. This is essential for improving the muscle tone of your thighs.

  • Three times a week, you should do 20 minutes of tough, pulse-raising activity. Our top activities are;

    • swimming for all round body toning

    • rowing for toning arms & upper body (great for flabby arms!)

    • cross trainer for toning legs 

    • Skiers Edge for toning legs and thighs 

    • Multi-gym for all round upper body workout

 

If however you're one of the many women that dread wearing an off-the-shoulder little black number, don’t despair as we’ve got some easy, everyday toning exercises to beat “bingo wings”;

  • Get some wrist weights and wear them while doing the housework as this will help tone up the arms and burn fat because your muscles are having to work harder. Start with a 1lb weight and build up.
  • Here’s a simple exercise you can do while watching TV. Sit up straight or stand with feet hip-width apart. Hold a small dumbbell, bottle of water or even a can of beans in each hand. Start with your arms at your sides, flex your arms from the elbows up to the shoulders and down to your sides, repeat 10-15 times daily.
  • Press ups are one of the best exercises to lose the fat on your arms but if you find it difficult to do the traditional version of pushing yourself up from lying on the floor, try stand up press ups. Lean against a wall, standing at arm’s length, legs shoulder-width apart. Push yourself away from the wall using just your arms. Do three lots of 8-10 press ups daily.
  • Chair dips are also effective. Sit on the edge of a sturdy chair or even your bed. Put your hands by your side with your fingers facing forward and hanging just over the edge. Walk your feet out a little so that your hips and bottom are off the chair. Now use your arms to lower yourself down so that your bottom is just a few inches from the floor. Use your arms to slowly pull yourself up again. Try to keep your back straight and don't tense your shoulders. This is quite a tough exercise, so don't worry if you can only do five, aim to build up to 10 daily.

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