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4 Easy Exercises To Reduce Stretch Marks

While stretch marks are just a daily hassle for some women, there are ways to reduce their appearance with the use of exercise.

Rather than resorting to expensive and risky cosmetic procedures, simply try the following quick and relatively painless workouts which will have your skin looking brand new in no time.

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T-pushups

This exercise works the chest and core muscles by tightening up the skin – especially if you already suffer from stretch marks on your cleavage.

4 Easy Exercises To Reduce Stretch Marks

Start in a pushup position with your arms bended and hands flat on the ground, then push off to one side and extend your arm upwards. Twist your torso and this way your ankles will develop into a line in the centre. Repeat this step on both sides of your body.

Lateral leg circles

Targeted to the bottom half of your body, leg circles are the best way to tone your leg muscles and also smooth out any lines or stretch marks. Use an exercise ball for extra stability, or just kneel on the floor with one side of body leaning against the wall.

4 Easy Exercises To Reduce Stretch Marks Keep one knee bent, but extend the other leg outwards and make circular movements. For best results you should do 10 circles clockwise and 10 circles anti-clockwise for each leg.

Leg pelvic thrust

Do you have any irritating stretch marks on your bottom that just won’t go away? Say goodbye to those pesky marks on your skin by performing a leg pelvic thrust. Lie down with both of your knees bent at a 90º angle, then slowly push your right leg off of the floor.

4 Easy Exercises To Reduce Stretch Marks

This should leave your hips flexed outwards and your arms down flat by your side. Extend your right leg upwards (or as high as you can), before switching to the other side.

Strength training

Keep stretch marks away by taking part in consistent strength training exercises. Not only will this tone the entire body, but it will easily reduce the appearance of existing stretch marks as you train.

4 Easy Exercises To Reduce Stretch Marks It is always best to start off slowly and then build your endurance, since weight training can sometimes cause stretch marks from appearing due to over-working the body.

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The Beautiful Benefits of Burpees

Rather than spending money on personal trainers and gym memberships, try out burpees for giving the body an entire workout. A great cardiovascular and strengthening exercise, burpees are found in almost every workout routine you can think of, including military training. Although if you are a beginner, how easy are burpees, and how can this help to strengthen all the muscles in your body?

What are burpees?

Burpees are made up of one singular motion comprising of many different movements which require you to stand, bend, plank and jump. They are great for a full body workout because they really target all parts of the body. Rather than doing sit ups or jumping rope, burpees combine all of these motions into one. Although they can be difficult to master at first, the positive is that they can be done almost anywhere you can think of, and at your own pace.

Full-body workout

Burpees offer a full body workout if you get the technique right from the start. Try practising each individual position if you are just starting out, since this should help to get the most out of the exercise. Start from the standing position, drop down and squat with your hands firmly on the floor, extend your feet back resting on your toes in a push-up, come back into the squat, and finally stand upright again. Working on this motion slowly will help you to become a professional in no time.

Cardiovascular/strengthening exercise

Depending on your fitness level, start off with 5-10 burpees and work at your own pace. You might feel comfortable to move faster after multiple sessions, and at that point can increase the amount of burpees per workout. A set of 20 burpees helps to burn fat, and builds muscle in a number of problem areas including arms, thighs, and abs amongst others. The best part about burpees is you will quickly notice if the technique is working since you will feel a burn running throughout your body.

Many people seem to have a love/hate relationship with burpees, since they are physically exerting but can help to achieve instant results. Have you tried incorporating burpees into your workout?

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By Felicia Sapountzis

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