Who doesn’t want a toned body? These moves take aim at toning your back, abs, legs and more and can also boost your flexibility. Are you ready to tone? Let’s go!
For this first move, start by sitting up straight on the edge of a sturdy chair, with your feet hip-width apart and your knees lined up with your ankles and your palms flat on your thighs. While pressing your heels into the floor and contracting your buttock muscles, slide your hands up towards your hips. Gently arch your back and look up while tightening your abs. While holding your ab muscles in, round your back, slide your hands across your knees and look down at the floor. Return to starting position and then repeat five times or as many as you like. Make sure you perform this in one continual motion.
Next up, sit up straight on the edge of a sturdy chair again—gripping the chair with both hands—and keeping your abs pulled in and your knees and feet together. Lean back ever so slightly, but keeping your knees together and your back relaxed. Lift both feet approximately 6 inches off the floor and circle both legs to the right 5 times and then to the left 5 times. Repeat a few times.
Now for a little shoulder action. Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your heels pressed into the floor. Hold your arms out to the side with your elbows bent at a 90-degree angle and with your palms facing forward. Circle your shoulders forward 5 times and then backwards 5 times. Repeat as many times as you wish.
There are numerous other terrific toners you can try, but those are just a few to get you started. Have fun!
In order to avoid risk of injury, please seek advice directly from your physician, especially if you have existing medical issues, before beginning any exercise or nutritional program. Also, be sure to stretch after exercise to avoid muscle and joint tightness.