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The Figure Fixer Workout: Part 3

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Problem: You've got stiff, tense neck and shoulders
Hunched shoulders often result from everyday actions, such as cradling the phone or ironing. You can ease some of this tension by stretching your main shoulder muscles. Extend your arm across your chest and put your opposite hand on your elbow. Push your elbow towards your chest and hold the stretch for 15 to 20 seconds before repeating on the other side. Repeat this stretch up to four times a week and you should notice a difference after a week.

Tip: Having a massage breaks down waste products that accumulate in muscle tissue and helps to restore flexibility to the area.

Problem: Your arms wobble when you wave
You need to work on increasing muscle tone to provide a smooth, elastic base for your skin - fat tissue just doesn't stretch. Here's how to do tricep dips at home to improve the appearance of those batwings. Start by sitting on a chair with your hands right next to your hips. Move your hips in front of the chair (so you're no longer sitting but almost touching) and bend elbows to 90 degrees. Straighten your arms as you push back up, taking care not to lock your elbows. Try to do two sets of 20 dips, three to four times a week.

Tip: Training with light weights will create sculpted arms without adding bulk. Visit www.argos.co.uk for reasonably priced dumbbell sets.

Problem: Bending over a desk gives you rounded shoulders
Take breaks during the day to stretch your arm muscles. You can do this
from a standing position without leaving your desk. Extend your arms
behind your back at waist height with hands clasped. Slowly lift your
arms upwards, while sticking your chest out. Hold for 30 seconds, as you
become more flexible, you can hold for up to a minute. Lifting your
arms higher as you stretch will mean you get a deeper stretch. Aim to
stretch twice a day to start with.

Tip: Put five to 10 drops of camphorous oil, such as eucalyptus, into a bath to relax your muscles.

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Tone up your body in one month
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