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Fitness Friday: How to Tone those Trouble Zones

The most common female trouble zones are: triceps, waist line, hips, thighs and lower abdomen.

Here are 5 simple at home exercises that you can do to target those areas. Do 3 sets of 12-15 repetitions for each exercise.

1. Triceps:

Kick Back – Hold a pair of dumbbells, slightly bending over. Keep your back straight. Bring your forearms up then straighten your arms, keeping your elbows in place.

2. Waist line:

a. Russian Twist – Sit on the floor with your knees slightly bent and your back at a 45 degree angle. Then turn from one side to the other working the obliques. To make the exercise harder, hold a dumbbell while twisting.

b. Side Plank – Lie on your side then lift your body off the ground. Balance on your forearm and feet while engaging your core. Your elbow and shoulder should be aligned with your legs straight and your feet should be stacked straight forward.

3.  Lower body:

Lunge – Put one foot forward with your knee bent and foot flat; the other leg is straight behind you. Make sure your weight is on the front leg and your knee stays behind your toes. To make this exercise more challenging, add a shoulder press.

4. Lower abdomen:

Leg lift- Lie down with your arms by your side, head down and knees and legs together. Raise your feet towards the ceiling then slowly lower your legs. Stop when you feel your back is lifting off the floor.

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