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Losing weight or simply getting fit for their wedding is a top priority for a lot of brides, but frankly, who has the time to fit in a gym session between work and planning?
Exhausting we know. Which is why we asked Chrissi Delapperall, Virgin Active personal training manager, to share her top easy exercises you can do at home, whether in the living room, kitchen or bedroom. Result!
1. Tricep dip
Tricep dips will make you look at your sofa or armchair in a totally new light, as they make the perfect apparatus. Sit on the edge of the seat, with hands resting either side of your hips, fingers forward. Lift up your body and shuffle your feet away from the sofa. Now bend your elbows, gently lowering your hips towards the floor, hold for two seconds, and raise body up again. Try to do three sets of fifteen reps.
Use your sofa to perfect the art of the push-up. Start with incline push-ups, with your hands on the seat and feet on the floor. This makes pushups easier and is a great way to get used to this type of exercise. Once you feel you have mastered the move, you can graduate to decline pushups with your feet on the seat and hands on the floor. Be careful to keep your back straight, and don’t let your hips sag. Try to do three sets of ten reps.
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You can grab any piece of kitchen equipment to do the row. Use a tin can, bottle or saucepan – whatever feels the right weight for you. Standing, bend both knees and sit your hips back into a half squat and lean forwards keeping the back long and head in line with the spine.
Holding your chosen weight in your right hand, hang your arm straight down by your side. Rest the left hand on left thigh to support the lower back. Draw the right elbow up towards the waist in a pulling motion then straighten the arm back down. To make this more challenging, lift the right foot and balance on the left leg. Try to do three sets of ten reps on each side.
Squats are brilliant exercises to master, they work your bum, legs and core. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and slowly bend your knees, lowering your body. Squat down as low as you can, keeping your head and chest high and shoulders relaxed. Hold for a second and then straighten legs to stand up. Try to do three lets of fifteen reps.
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The superman will work your core, back and glutes, perfect for a super-mum. Starting on all fours, line up hands under shoulders and knees under hips. Keep your spine long throughout, with your head up and tummy pulled in to engage your pelvic floor muscles. Lift and reach the right arm forwards and the left leg back, balance and hold for 2 seconds then come back to the start position and repeat on the other side. Try to do three sets of ten reps, alternating sides.
6. Star jumps
Jump out of bed and start your day with some star jumps. This childhood throwback will not only put a smile on your face, it will also work A LOT of muscles, including your quadriceps, hamstrings, gluts, abs, biceps, triceps, and obliques. Standing with feet shoulder-width apart, bend your knees into a squat position and jump vertically as high as you can. While jumping, extend legs and arms out to your sides, into a star shape. Land with arms by your sides and knees bent. Try to do three sets of fifteen reps.