If you want to tone up and lose some weight but you're worried about painful and uncomfortable chafing, at No More Chafe, we totally understand! We've put together some gentle exercises that are a perfect way to start your fitness journey. Get comfortable with our specially designed thigh bands and start working out today.
Warm up with light cardio
We all panic when we hear the phrase cardio, especially if you've suffered from the dreaded thigh rub before, but cardio doesn't need to mean getting sweaty, uncomfortable or out of breath. You don't need to start sprinting, but it's good to get your body moving with some gentle cardio. Try some step touches by stepping out with the left foot, reaching your arms over your head and bringing the right foot next to the left. Do this on either side and if you feel like you can handle more intensity, speed it up.
Tone up with lunges
Lunges are a great way to tone up your bum and thighs, but if you're worried about chafing, make sure you wear a pair of our comfortable thigh guards. Stand with your right leg forward and your left leg back then slowly bend your knees until both legs are nearly at right angles to get into a lunge position. Try and keep your back straight and then push back up to your starting position. Take it slow and see if you can do five lunges on either side, breathing deeply and moving gently.
Comfortable core exercises
Back raises are a great exercise you can do lying on the floor! Lie on the floor with your chest facing downwards and extend your arms forwards. Now keep your legs together and try and lift your head and your feet into the air, using your stomach muscles. It doesn't matter if you can only raise your feet an inch off the ground, hold the pose for a few seconds and then go back to the starting position. Repeat this 5 times if you can. If you're feeling confident, flip over onto your back and try some gentle stomach crunches. Lie with your knees bent and your hands on your ears and slowly try to lift your shoulder blades off the floor towards your knees.
If you struggle with full-blown workouts, there are loads of seated exercises you can do at home to improve your fitness and flexibility. For an upper-body twist, place the hands on the opposite shoulders and turn your upper body as far as comfortable to the left. Hold the position for five seconds and then repeat on the right side. Try not to move your hips and repeat five times on each side. Arm raises are another great seated exercise to build up shoulder strength. Reach both arms out to the side and then above your head, keeping them as straight as you can and repeat! You can also experiment with neck rotations, chest stretches and ankle stretches while you are seated.