Anyone else feeling a bit wobbly in the core department? Try personal trainer Laura Williams’ chiselled abs challenge and you’ll feel better for it.
30 December 2019| Last updated on 30 December 2019
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How often have you skipped your planned exercise session, only to decide later on that you really should do something? Something short, sharp and effective.
We’ve all been there. Your stomach feels a bit wobbly, the staff at the gym haven’t seen you for days (OK, weeks), but you haven’t got the energy to dig out the class timetable, never mind lace-up trainers.
Fitness expert Laura Williams sees this a lot: “I’m always sending personal training clients short workouts to tick those five-minute guilt windows,” she says. “I’m a big believer in putting negative emotions like guilt and panic to good use.”
And it’s always the belly area, she adds. “It’s where most of us carry the bulk of our fat stores, and while that area responds well to exercise, it’s also the first to feel a bit squishy when we let things slide – isn’t it the first area you prod when you’ve overdone it?”
So what are her tips for getting back on track after a little bit of overindulgence?
Put remorse to good use
Don’t sit and panic about how much you’ve eaten – it’s a waste of energy and will most likely propel you in the direction of the kitchen, rather than the gym. Cut your losses, stick on your trainers and look on the bright side – all that fine fare will give you bundles of energy to exercise.
Know that something is better than nothing
Whizzing through a short routine like this will make a difference. It’ll burn a few calories and it will also help to get tone and strength back into your muscles, which will help you burn future calories more efficiently.
Get everyone on board
Are you tasked with cooking dinner? Or ferrying the kids to football? Fixing the telly? Tell your team none of this happens until the workout’s done. Show them you mean business; confiscate remote and snacks, invest in a clipboard and a stopwatch and go full drill instructor.
Keep it up
Killer bodies are crafted from… consistency. Yep, forget the ultimate fat-burning supplement or draconian routines you can’t stick to for more than a day or two, discipline and consistency are the fast track to a toned tum.
Williams has designed this short, effective routine that you can do before an evening out – or before you settle on the sofa for the night.