Toning exercises for different parts of the body

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  1. Caz

    Caz Slimming down the aisle

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    I thought that seeing as we're making our daily threads about different body parts, I'd post up some toning exercises. I seem to know a fair bit about toning and fitness, it's just a shame that I haven't made it a part of my life properly! Until now anyway. So anyway, here's some exercises for anyone that wants them. These will work better if you use a weight of some kind as it adds to the resistance against your muscles. If you've got weights that's cool, but if not water bottles or tins of food works too! You just need to be able to hold it carefully, so 5L bottles don't work!

    If you did each exercise 10 times it would take about 10 minutes. If you want to just focus on one area do 10 reps, rest for a minute, 10 reps, rest, and so on. And just do however many you can do and feel comfortable with.

    Hope they help!


    Chest and Shoulders
    Lie on your back and grasp your weights with the palms of your hands facing up, and your arms outstretched to the sides. With your elbows slightly bent, lift your arms above your chest until your hands are almost touching. Return to starting position and repeat.

    Chest and Shoulders
    Lie on your back and grasp your weights with the palms of your hands facing up, and your arms outstretched above your head. Grip your weights and bring them over your head and down to your hips, by your sides - a semi-circular motion. Lift back to starting position and repeat.

    Lower Back
    Lie on the floor on your stomach and place your hands on the floor. Tighten your abs and squeeze your back as you lift your chest a few inches off the ground. Don't use your arms to push you up, you need to let your muscles do the work.

    Chest and Back
    Sitting with your back straight (preferably supported) and legs straight out in front of you, hold your weights in at your chest with your elbows out to the side (parallel to the floor). Push your arms out straight in front of you then pull them back in. Repeat.

    Back and Shoulders
    Stand with feet shoulder width apart and arms by your sides, gripping the weights with palms facing outwards. Making sure your movements are slow and concentrated, tense your shoulder and upper back muscles, then slowly "shrug" them up and down.

    Shoulders and Upper Arms
    Stand with feet shoulder width apart and arms raised straight up above your head, grip your weights with your palms facing behind you. Slowly bring your arms forward and down, without bending at the elbow, until level with your shoulders. Lift back to starting position and repeat.

    Upper Arms, Shoulders and Back
    Standing with feet slightly apart, grasp your weights and bend at the waist until your torso is parallel to the floor. Extend your arms towards the floor with palms facing outwards. Lift your arms out to the side, keeping them straight, until parallel to the floor. Return to the starting position and repeat.

    Upper Arms, Shoulders and Back
    Standing with feet slightly apart, position your arms straight down in front of you almost against your body - with your weights almost touching. Bend your elbows and lift your weights towards your chin, bringing your elbows out to the side, in line with your shoulders. Return to the starting position and repeat.

    Arms and Chest
    The classic push up. With your hands shoulder width apart place your palms on the floor. Stretch out your body with either your knees on the floor, or if you're feeling ambitious, your toes - so you are supporting your body weight. Keeping your back straight and using your arms lower yourself gently toward the floor until you are hovering just over it. Push yourself slowly back to your starting position and repeat. Remember - don't lower yourself to the point where you come into contact with the floor, it'll be much harder to push back up.

    Arms
    In a sitting position with your back straight, relax your arms in line with your body. Grip your weights with your palms facing upwards and curl them up towards your shoulders, then back down again. Repeat. Keep your torso still and back straight, let your arms do the work.

    Forearms
    Holding your weight with your arm outstretched in front of you, tilt your wrist up and down repeatedly. Try doing this with both an overhand and underhand grip on your weight. Do one arm at a time.
     
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