5 Fixes for Anything That Jiggles
Posted by Bridget Fox on April 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM
We’ve all got a soft spot that bugs us, but one of these moves is sure to firm it up. Here’s a fact about flab: It results not only from lack of muscle tone, but also from excess body fat. You could do 1,000 crunches, but if you don’t do enough cardio or eat right, you’ll just have very toned muscles under a layer of fat. Try at least 30 minutes of cardio, three times a week and add in this spot-specific advice.
Help for Bra Bulge
To get rid of the little roll that spills over your bra strap in the back, try bent-over rows. Stand next to a bench with a dumbbell in right hand. Place left knee and hand on the bench and extend right arm toward floor. Bending elbow out to side, slowly bring weight up to chest. Do two sets of 15 reps on each side.
Help for Inner- and Outer- Thigh Mushiness
The hips and thighs are the first place most women tend to store fat and the last place they lose it. In addition to lots of cardio, try the four-way lunge. With hand on hips, step forward with right foot and lunge (don’t let knee go past toes); return to start. Lunge backward; return to start. Lunge right (keeping left leg straight); go back to start. Then with left foot, lunge to left side. Repeat, leading with opposite foot. Do two sets of 15 reps on each side.
Help for Underarm Flab
Triceps respond fast to exercise and fat loss, which means that you could see a change here in just a few weeks with chair dips. Place your hands on the edge of the seat of a chair and walk your feet out. Slowly lower butt toward the floor, bending elbows to about a 90-degree angle; press back up. Do two sets of 15 reps.
Help for Armpit Overhang
The flesh that peeks out over the top of a strapless gown can be tightened with push-ups. Place your toes and hands on the floor, making sure your back and arms are straight. Keep your hands slightly more than shoulder-width apart and pull your belly in. Lower yourself to the floor, stopping as your elbows reach a 90-degree bend; push yourself away from the floor. Do two sets of 15 reps.
Help for Belly Pooch
Along with plenty of cardio, you can flatten your lower abs with planks. Get in a raised push-up position, except with forearms on the floor; hold the pose with back flat and belly in for 30 to 90 seconds. For more definition, try the bicycle. Lie on the floor, knees bent, hands behind head. Lift shoulder blades and twist right elbow to left knee; then twist left elbow toward right knee. Do two sets of 15 reps.