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The Little Black Dress Workout - Health & Fitness

Think you might find it difficult to squeeze into your favourite Little Black Dress these days? Follow these moves from our LBD workout to help tone up your arms and your derrière!

Walk off a dress size

If you really want to get LBD-ready, you’re going to have to commit to some exercise. And you’ll be glad you did! In addition to revving up your metabolism and burning off lots of extra calories, exercise shifts you into a positive mindset and boosts your energy levels.
As well as doing the exercises below, pledge to do 60 minutes of power-walking (or other cardiovascular activity) at least five times a week. At the end of one week, you’ll have walked off hundreds, if not thousands of calories, and before long you’ll be stepping into that little black dress.

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Chair dips

Bingo wing blitzers!

  1. Sit on the edge of your bed or a sturdy chair, put your hands by your side, with your fingers facing forward and hanging just over the edge.
  2. Walk your feet out a little so that your hips and bottom are off the chair.
  3. Now use your arms to lower yourself down so that your bottom is just a few inches from the floor.
  4. Use your arms to slowly pull yourself up again. Try to keep your back straight and don’t tense your shoulders. This is quite a tough exercise, so don’t worry if you can only do five. Aim to build up to 10.
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Squats

Great for a toned derrière!

  1. First, you must set your body in the correct position – feet about shoulder-width apart, shoulders down and away from your ears, and your chest open.
  2. If you are a beginner, you may choose to perform this move against a wall, or even with a chair – both of which are fine. Bend your knees and lower into a squat, keeping your knees in line with your toes, never allowing them to go past, and also never allowing for your knees to knock.
  3. Lower your body down as far as you can (but no lower than 90 degrees) and push into the heels of your feet to go back to starting position.
  4. Keep in mind this exercise should be felt throughout your rear end, and not in your back. If you are feeling this in your back, you are performing it wrong and need to adjust your position. Do two sets of 10 repetitions.

Fitness expert Jessica Cooke has the following advice for those of you who are aiming to tone up for your little black dress:

“These exercises are so easy to do from the comfort of your own home. For the Dips, all you need is a chair, or the end of the bed, and you don’t need any equipment for the Squats. Perform these exercises every second day.

Start off with completing two sets of 15 repetitions, of each exercise. When that becomes easy, increase the amounts of sets you do to three and then four. When four sets of 15 become manageable, increase the repetitions from 15 to 20, and start again at two sets. Then move onto three and then four sets of 20.

Always increasing the amount of sets/repetitions you do, will keep your muscles working hard and help you to continue becoming more toned!”

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