Body-boosting exercises you can do whilst cooking dinner
By Claire Spreadbury. Published 2020-12-04BOLD-Fitness
Laura Williams’ Kitchen Core Workout is perfect for anyone struggling with fitness motivation this season. TheBoldAge finds out more.
Chair chisellerThe challenge: Lower legs without arching the backThis tum-tastic exercise will work not only your regular stomach muscles but lower down the abs too, targeting your big core muscle. Sit towards the edge of a chair and rest shoulders lightly on the back of the chair. Lift your legs towards your chest before slowly lowering, taking care not to arch your back. Do 10 reps, rest for 15 seconds and repeat.
Fridge firmerThe challenge: Drop nice and low without getting stuckThis easy-to-master move strengthens thighs and bottom. Position back against the fridge (or another unmovable surface) and slide down, keeping your back flat against the surface, until hips and knees reach a ninety-degree angle. Push back up to the start and repeat. Continue for 20 reps.
Worktop whittlerThe challenge: To keep a straight back and perform the whole set as a pulseThe juggling act of maintaining a straight back with a continual pulse is a chest challenge-and-a-half. Take a large stride away from worktop, position hands just over shoulder width apart and, maintaining a tension in the tummy (i.e. pull belly back towards spine without holding breath), bend elbows, lower chest and straighten again continuously for 60 seconds – without arching your back.
Thigh thrasherThe challenge: Keep the weight on your front heelThe Bulgarian split squat is the king of moves when it comes to pins. Place your foot on the edge of a chair, with the other foot positioned a stride forward. Bend both knees and lower the torso towards the floor, taking care to minimise any arch in the back. Push up through your front heel to recruit your glutes (bum muscles) that bit extra. Do 25 on each leg.
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