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How to exercise the right way

health-and-fitness Updated: Jan 31, 2011 01:32 IST

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You might be doing your regular exercise everyday at home but it still doesn't seem to be showing results? Well, perhaps you're not doing it right. Here's a lowdown on how exercise should really be done.

1 Stretch out:

To keep your thighs in shape, stretch out on your right side, with your right arm extended straight and your head resting on your arm. Keeping your hips aligned, lift your left leg up. Rotate the leg with the knee facing the ceiling. Return your leg to the parallel position. Repeat it 10 times for the other side too.

2 Inner thigh:

To shape flabby thighs, lie down on your side, retaining proper alignment of your head, shoulders and hips. Bend your right leg on the floor, while stretching and raising your left leg straight. Hold this position for a moment and then lower it slowly. Repeat this 10 times for both the sides.

3 Abdomen:

For flatter abs, try abdominal toning exercises. For crunches, lie flat on your back, with knees bent and hands across the chest. Slowly lift yourself up, while pressing the lower back to the floor. As you reach the top of the crunch, slowly exhale. Lower your back down as you inhale. Repeat it 20-25 times.

4 Hamstrings and butt:

Lie down on the floor with your knees bent, and position your feet in such a way that they rest on top of the fitness ball. Try lifting your body from the floor, until you are in a bridge position. Maintain the position and slowly bend and relax your legs. Roll back to the floor to avoid cramps.

5 Upper body:

For building triceps, sit at the edge of a bench and align your hands, so that your fingers are facing directly ahead and bend your elbows, lower your hips towards the floor and slowly straighten your arms. Repeat this 10 times.

(With inputs from Raj Dhingra, Powerhouse Gym)