First up, let us take the opportunity to wish all the females of the species a very happy Women’s Day, 2017! It pleases us no end, to acknowledge that women the world over have begun to fight (and dare I say win!) the inherent gender bias that plagues society, nay the world!
That said, many women feel nature has played a cruel trick on them by providing them with more fat cells than men. Before you despair, however, it all has to do with the ever so wonderful life nurturing properties that women bestow on the species.
Now ladies, we know just where that ‘extra baggage’ is stored, and that’s in the thighs, hips, abdomen and buttocks. Before we proceed, we’d just like to say that while this piece does not intend on disparaging women who are comfortable in their own skin, we do want to help those who want to shed those stubborn few kilos that are slowing them down. So, sisters, if you think you’re one of them, do read on.
Mountain Climbers: This exercise could magically make all that weight around the abdomen disappear for good! Now doesn’t that sound good? Sure it does! To do this, assume push-up position and hold your core tight. Then, slowly bring one leg closer to your chest at a time, holding the position. Remember, only go as fast as you think you can, but do quicken the pace to whatever you think is comfortable. In time, you could always go faster!
Dead lifts: This exercise is simply awesome because it helps target all those troublesome areas, including the hips and glutes. What’s more, it also boosts your overall metabolism and strength. But before you buy your Wonder Woman costume, we strongly suggest that you ask your gym trainer to help you out with the exercise, because getting your form right for this one will prevent injury and help you get the most out of the move.
Squats: Squats are an often overlooked and underappreciated exercise, but like your PT master in school told you, no real workout is complete without the humble squat! This compound move isn’t simply a leg exercise, and also supremely works your thighs and core. We won’t go into the specifics of to how to do it, because we all know this, don’t we? If in doubt, please get in touch with someone who does.
Hip Raises: As the name suggests, this exercise involves you raising your hips, and after a while, we’re sure your hips won’t lie! This move helps shift that weight that clings to your buttocks, making you feel good, and look even lighter! Now to the actual move, lie down (with your back on the ground) with your knees bent and feet flat on a gym or yoga mat. Now for the actual move, tighten your core and glutes, and raise your hips off the ground, making a straight line from knees to shoulders. Pause for a while, and come back down. Now, repeat for best results!
We do hope you enjoyed this feature, and hope you include all the moves listed above in your workout regime – for a newer, lighter, more energised and enlivened you awaits you on the other side!
Note: Do contact your physician and gym trainer before proceeding headlong with any of these exercises, and don’t forget to warm up first.