Health & Fitness

Stronger! Sexier! Your new summer body plan

Can’t face months of hard work to ditch those extra winter kilos? Problem solved – our at-home workout will set you on the road to summer-ready in a matter of weeks.

Can't face months of hard work to ditch those extra winter kilos? Problem solved - our at-home workout will set you on the road to summer-ready in a matter of weeks. The Bum Firmer
Say goodbye to saddle bags (excess weight on your sides)! These leg raises will tighten up your bottom and work your core as well.

  • Start on your hands and knees holding a dumbbell in your right hand. Lift it out straight ahead of you.
  • At the same time, squeeze your glutes and raise your left leg as high as you can behind you, keeping the knee bent. Remember to keep your back straight and not drop your stomach throughout.
  • Bring your leg and arm back slowly to the start position, and swap sides. Aim for 10 reps on each side.

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  • Targeting your obliques (the muscles at the sides of your abdomen), these leg lifts will both shrink and define your waist.
  • Lie on the floor (on a mat if you prefer) on your right side, legs straight. Squeeze your bottom and pull your belly button back in towards your spine.
  • Rest your head on your arm. Place your left hand on the floor in front of you for balance. Flex your feet.
  • Keep your left leg straight and raise it in line with your body until you feel your obliques tightening, and hold for a couple of seconds. Lower your leg with control. Aim for 10 reps on each side.

Pick up your copy of Cosmopolitan Health from supermarkets and newsagents for the complete workout plan.