I’ve decided to rename the ‘Exercise of the Day’ posts to ‘@Home Workouts’ because I think they’re more relevant to what I want to display on the blog. I mean most people don’t just choose one exercise and say ‘that’s my exercise of the day sorted’. These are workouts that can be completed at home with very little equipment, skill or knowledge required.
I hope you find them useful and if you’ve got any exercises that you think are great, that can be carried out at home by just about anyone, please get in touch and maybe I’ll post it!
Today’s workout focuses on the External Obliques as it stretches them as you go from side to side.
Start off sitting down on some kind of mat or rug (nothing too thin as it may hurt your bum after a couple!) and place your legs forward and straight whilst holding onto the dumbell in both hands.
Now move the dumbell with both hands to your side, as far as back to that side as possible, as if you were passing the dumbell to someone just behind you.
Repeat the same movement on the other side whilst keeping your legs and feet on the ground pointed forwards.
Now that you know the movement, repeat it faster with a ‘tick-tock’ tempo.
After a few repetitions, you should start to feel a slight pinch in your side, this means you’re working your obliques properly and completing the movement correctly.
If you find the exercise is a bit too simple, raise your legs (still together) off the ground whilst carrying out the movement. This will be much more difficult and will work your core and abdominal muscles effectively.
Aim for 3-4 sets of 15 repetitions and increase this number each time you carry out the exercise.