Fitness Expert Liz Stuart shows new mums how to tone up the bottom, leg and thigh area in the comfort of their own home.
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Liz Stuart: Hi! I'm Liz Stuart and I'm going to do some exercises with you today. We're going to do some squats with a side raise of the leg as well. So, the muscles that we're going to work are the backs of our thighs or hamstrings, our bottoms and also the sides of our thighs as well, so really good for toning up those lats. I've got a baby as well, he is 19-months old and exercises really helped me to get a stronger body and a molted body as well, I'm just feeling more confident about my post-pregnancy shape. So, do the exercises and hopefully you'll feel better, you'll feel stronger, you have a stronger tummy and back, and legs and just make you better and quick for running around after a baby. Okay, so we better get warmed up first of all before we go into our squat. So, just start by marching on the spot, bring your knees up high, arms going back and forwards and step back and push the arms out. Really important that we get warmed up, so I'm in my living room as well, so it's good to give you some time out to exercise and just join me and if you're sitting on the sofa, you can just take it at your own pace, so little bit of exercise is better than on the toe and tap the foot out to the side and arms come out this side as well. Okay, I'll bring the knee back warming up those knee joints and the hips as well. Good, very good bend in the knees and of course, keeping your tummy muscles tight all the time as well, okay and just down the spot, roll your shoulders just back, good deep breathe in and out. So, we're going to get into our start position. So, feet are apart, toes pointing outwards, bring your arms up and the level part of your arm is level with your shoulders, so we're going to bend down, so where our knees are bent 90 degrees. Knees follow the same direction that the toes are pointing and we're going to come up and raise the leg out to the side and down, back down and up and a leg raise, okay. I am going to do 12 and one, two, three, four, five, six, keep going, seven, tummy muscles tight, tight, tight and nine, ten and 11 and 12 and rest some more doing other side. Okay, so let's get back in the position, toes pointing outwards as we bend down the knees a further back from the toes and weight, you feel like it's going back through the heels; so bend those knees to 90 degrees and up and out and down and up and out. My little boy just squats now, is anyone in the half - sorry. A life destined for exercise, he copies may and six, seven, and eight, nine and ten keep going, they're hard, but they work and 11, and 12. One more and down and just march on the spot, okay and let's just stretch out the back of the legs, so bend the knee, hand above the bent knee, tummy tight, back flat if it's too much of your strength, you shift your toe off the floor, just put on to the floor otherwise just take it off the floor and changeover other side and feel that stretch. Okay and just roll the hips around and the other way and then hands out in front of you, just stretch out the chest; could you hide your arms across in front of you and another one. So, well done, you watch your legs and bottom high hard that and give yourself a clap.
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