Bits of your body you didn’t know you needed to exercise

Bits of your body you didn’t know you needed to exercise

While working on a wobbly tum or burning your bingo wings, don’t forget these other all-important muscles when exercising.

While working on a wobbly tum or burning your bingo wings, don’t forget these other all-important muscles when exercising.

It’s great to keep your body in shape, but while we focus on the obvious areas, like legs, bums and tums, we forget about other spots that are just as important.

And the great news is you can do these exercises without stepping foot inside a gym…

Between your shoulder blades

This sweet spot is the key to perfect posture. Not only does toning the zone between your shoulder blades make you look instantly younger and slimmer, but also it protects you from back pain – something 80% of us suffer from.

And the more you practise tightening those slack muscles, the more you’ll do it without even thinking, so you’ll dodge getting a dreaded hunchback.

How to do it: to switch on your postural muscles, roll your shoulders down and back, then squeeze your shoulder blades together for a count of three. Lift your chest up and pull your navel in towards your spine. Repeat 10 times.

Your smile

Forget fillers or wildly expensive facial treatments, face yoga is the best anti-ageing weapon in your armoury. Believed to boost blood circulation and increase the flow of youth-enhancing oxygen to your skin, face yoga will keep you looking younger for longer – now that’s a reason to smile.

How to do it: roll your lips over your teeth, and keep them covered as you smile as broadly as you can. Wiggle your jaw up and down three times to stimulate more nourishing oxygen to the area. Try it another 10 times and you’ll suddenly feel the urge to take a new Facebook profile picture.

Your pelvic floor

A sensitive bladder affects 35% of us – blame the mixed blessings of motherhood and maturity. But strengthening the hammock of muscle that supports your bladder, uterus and vagina will reduce your risk of incontinence.

How to do it: slowly but firmly squeeze the muscles you’d use if you were trying to stop yourself peeing mid-flow. Your mission is to isolate those muscles – resist the temptation to squeeze your buttocks or clench your inner thighs. Hold for a count of three, then gradually relax for another count of three. Repeat 10 times.

For a double whammy of protection, try Always Discreet pads or liners. They help keep you dry in case of accidents, and are so subtle you might even forget you’re wearing them.

What’s your favourite way to work out? Let us know in the comments section below.

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physio fail warning

Chrissi 26/06/2017

I'd had a fall and developed a hump with hollowed chest I was referred to a physio for it so she gave me an exercise sheet to straighten it out on the third day my normal back pain(from an old injury) increased to the point I wanted to stop but continued as instructed I wish I'd known this exercise instead maybe I'd not be in the pain I am now

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