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Exercise tactics

Take up the key ways to minimise lumps and bumps


‘Our lymphatic system is a network of channels and glands throughout the body that works to pump away excess fluid,’ explains Dr Dancey, ‘but we need to get moving for it to work – in particular, active leg muscles to help push puffiness away. Walk or cycle for 30–60 minutes daily to improve lymphatic drainage and circulation, and help budge stubborn fat.’


‘Exercising regularly will burn fat and help to tone your body,’ agrees personal trainer Abby Carpenter. ‘I recommend a combination of interval or high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and strength training.

HIIT involves bursts of intense work followed by short recovery periods. ‘This has been proved to reduce fat even more successfully than steadystate cardio, such as jogging,’ says Abby. Try this: sprint hard by running or pedalling on an exercise bike – go all out for 8 seconds. Actively recover for 12 seconds, moving gently. Repeat this sequence for 20 minutes, three times a week. A study in the Journal of Obesity found just 12 weeks of this routine led to ‘significant’ weight loss, smaller waistlines and much firmer thighs.

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