4 of the best fit tips for new mums

Simple exercises to help you tone up in the comfort of your own home

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  • Swiss Ball

    "This exercise targets your hamstrings," says Nick Finney, celeb personal trainer and consultant to myvitamins.com.

    What do do:

    1. Lie on your back on the floor, with your feet on top of a Swiss ball.
    2. Lift your pelvis off of the floor, making sure your shoulders, pelvis and knees are in line. Your shoulders should still touch the floor.
    3. Hold for 3 seconds, squeeze your bum muscles and hold your stomach tight. Then slowly lower yourself back down.
    4. Repeat 3 sets of 12 reps. Rest for a minute in between each.
  • Unbalanced lunge

    "This is a great bum and thigh workout, but it also engages your core," says Nick Finney, celeb personal trainer and consultant to myvitamins.com.

    What to do:

    1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, while resting a weight (5-15kg or whatever you can manage) in your right hand on your right shoulder."
    2. Keeping your back straight, bend your right knee to 90 degrees. Lower yourself and touch your left knee on the floor."
    3. Push yourself back up to your starting position using your other leg.
    4. Repeat 12 times. Rest for 90 seconds. Then do this exercise 4 times each leg.
  • Tone up your glutes

    "This can be done with or without weights, according to your experience," says Nick Finney, celeb personal trainer and consultant to myvitamins.com.

    What to do:

    1. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Raise one leg behind you.
    2. Keeping your leg raised as straight as you can, bend at your hips and lower your torso until almost parallel to the floor. Keep your back naturally arched.
    3. Pause for one second, contracting your buttocks, then thrust your hips forward to return to the original position.
    4. Repeat 12 to 20 times with each leg. Rest, then repeat four times.
  • Core workout

    "This is quite possibly the best post-natal exercise to train the core muscles that may be affected during pregnancy," says Nick Finney, celeb personal trainer and consultant to myvitamins.com.

    What to do:

    1. Lie on your back, knees bent. Brace your core and squeeze your bottom.
    2. Raise your hips up for two seconds, squeeze at the top for four, then lower again for two.
    3. Perform 20 repetitions, rest for 90 seconds, then repeat four times.

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