How To Get Party Dress Perfect

If you have a special night planned and a special dress in mind, here are some exercises to help you tone the areas that will make you feel confident. Just apply these exercises in the run up to the big event so you can relax and concentrate on having fun!

Step up

(Cardio)

  • Step onto a step or a box with one leg at a time then step down one leg at a time.
  • Continue for 1 minute then rest for 30 seconds.
  • Repeat exercise for a further 4 minutes.

Straight leg-cross over

(Stomach, side muscles, back)

  • Lie on your back with your hands behind your ears and extend your legs up to the ceiling.
  • Crunch your shoulders up and reach your right hand towards your left foot. Lower with control.
  • Crunch up again, reaching your left hand towards your right foot.
  • Continue, alternating between right and left.

Squat and kickback

(Bottom, thighs and core)

  • Begin standing with feet hip-width apart and arms straight out in front of you. Come into half-squat position, so your hips are higher than your knees.
  • Transfer your weight onto your right leg then hinge forwards from the hips (you may straighten your right knee slightly), taking your left leg straight behind you and your torso forwards.
  • Hinge back to return to the half squat position and repeat for 15 seconds.

Standing calf raises

(Calves, front of thighs)

  • Stand with your heels off the floor, resting your weight on the balls of your feet.
  • Keeping your chest raised slowly squat downwards, lifting your heels further upwards and bringing your weight forward onto your toes. Hold for the count of five.

Superman press-up

Chest, shoulders, rear of upper arms, core

  • Begin in either a full push-up (resting on your toes) or modified push-up (resting on your knees with feet crossed) position, body in a straight line, hands under your shoulders.
  • Slowly lower your chest to the floor, keeping your elbows close to your sides.
  • Straighten your arms and return to start.
  • Lift and extend your left arm and right leg so they are in line with your torso, hold for the count of one, then lower to the floor.
  • Continue alternating sides after each press-up.