Get fit in 15 minutes: The best nutrition and exercise to blitz your post-Christmas tummy
- Personal trainer Nadya Fairweather suggests crunches to tone your tummy
- Shona Wilkinson says pair the workout with a diet low in starchy carbohydrates
- Liz Hemmings reveals a selection of stylish fitness clothes for the work out
WHAT TO DO
To blitz your post-Christmas tummy, try an oblique crunch with a single leg extension, says personal trainer Nadya Fairweather (u-shape.co.uk). In this exercise, it’s important to focus on two things — breathing and not yanking your head forward.
Lie in a crunch position, with your legs at 90 degrees, hands touching either side of your head. Then, aim your right shoulder towards your left knee, lifting your head and upper back and adding a gentle twist. As you lower back down, extend the left leg out, not letting it touch the floor.
Bring the leg in again, bending the knee, lifting your upper back and aiming the opposite shoulder to the knee. Do as many as you can in 45 seconds, rest for 15 seconds, then repeat on other side. Keep alternating until you feel the burn.
Personal trainer Nadya Fairweather revealed your post-Christmas tummy can be blitzed with an oblique crunch with a single leg extension
WHAT TO EAT
Your diet is key to banishing a muffin top, says nutritionist Amanda Hamilton (amanda hamilton.com). Replace your starchy pasta with an alternative such as chickpea, pea or soya bean pasta, which have around twice as much protein and fibre.
Omega-3 fats boost cardiovascular health, but research shows they’re a potential weapon against visceral fat around the belly, too. Combine good fats — a drizzle of oil or oily fish — with seasonal vegetables. This will help you absorb the fat-soluble, immune-boosting vitamins.
WHAT TO WEAR