Are You Ready For Prom - 5 Easy Moves to a Sexy Body

Published: 06th March 2009
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With prom fast approaching, you're gearing up for dress shopping, after party shopping and maybe even swim suit shopping. The last thing you want to do is to worry about your least favorite body area. With just a little bit of time in the morning or evening, you can tone your body in time for prom. Do these exercises three to four times a week. For the best results, add in a bit of light cardio (walking around while shopping for dresses does count).

Lunges

Lunges are the perfect lower body exercise. They're quick, effective and require absolutely no equipment. Lunges also do double duty for your muscles, toning both your butt and thighs. As an added bonus, they increase flexibility and core strength, helping you to stand straighter and look taller.

With your feet a few inches apart, step forward with your right foot. Slowly lower your body, rolling up onto the ball of your left foot. Your right knee should be at a 90 degree angle or directly above your foot - no farther, or you may hurt your knee! Reap with your left foot for one rep.

To get the full benefits of a lunge, remember to keep your upper body straight and stomach tight. Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 12 lunges, adding light weights if it's getting too easy.

Wall Pushups

If you're donning a strapless dress, toned arms are a must. Wall pushups let you reap the benefits of traditional pushups and bicep curls without the hassle. These will tone your arms and improve upper body strength.

With your feet together, stand arm length from a wall. Your arms should be extended, but not locked. Take a small step backward so your body is diagonal to the wall. Now slowly lean towards the wall and push back, as if you were doing a floor pushup. Don't forget to keep your back, neck and head in a straight line to prevent strain.

Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 15 wall pushups, or as many as it takes to lightly fatigue your arms.

Modified Crunches

To get a flat silhouette in your dress, you'll need to have tight abs. Crunches are still the best choice, but that doesn't mean they can't do more. Modified crunches do triple duty, working your upper and lower abs and obliques.

Lie flat on a carpeted floor or soft exercise mat. Bend your knees and place your hands behind your head. Lift your torso, pointing your right shoulder to your left knee, while bringing your left knee above your hip. Don't pull or push with your hands - they're just there to support your neck. Repeat with your left shoulder for one rep.

To get the full benefit, keep your abs tight and move slowly. Do 1 to 2 set of 15 to 20 modified crunches.

Side stretches

These may not be major calorie burners, but they will elongate and strengthen the muscles along your waist. The effect of these is a cinched, lithe waist without muscle soreness.

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Raise your right arm straight above your head, place your left hand on your stomach, and slowly bend as far to the left as you comfortably can. Keep your back, neck and head in a straight line to prevent strain. Repeat with your left arm. To stretch your back, after each side stretch, stand tall with your arms straight out to your sides, and slowly rotate your torso.

Do as many of these stretches as you need to feel limber, but not to the point of fatigue.

Hip Raises

You may be back on the floor, but hip raises tone your butt, hips and lower abs. They also won't leave you feeling exhausted.

Lie flat on a carpeted floor or soft exercise mat. Bend your knees and place your hands under your lower back or next to your hips. With your feet firmly planted, contract your stomach, thighs and butt. Push your hips one to two inches off the floor, until your body is a straight line from your knees to your shoulders.

Do 1 to 2 sets of 15 to 20 hips raises.

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