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Five exercises to help build muscle and keep you fit

Sinclair Cares is about to tell you five easy exercises to start off the new year with.

First up are arms. Bicep curls can be done using hand weights or a resistance band.

"Bring the tubing up to 90 degrees and go ahead and lower nice and slow,” instructs Liz Corah, a group fitness instructor.

Aim for three sets of 12 to 15 reps.

To tone your legs try wall squats.

"Imagine there's a chair underneath you,” said Corah. "Quads are parallel to the ground, 90-degree angle, nice and relaxed and just breathe.”

Hold the pose for 10 to 60 seconds, depending on your fitness level, and repeat twice.

Next up is the balance pose.

"Lifting the right leg off the ground, tilt as far forward as you can, maybe 45 degrees, and straight back to starting position,” Corah advises.

Do three sets of 12 to 15 reps for each leg.

Follow that up with planks to target your core.

"It's simply straightening your arms, weight of body, I like to push pads of fingers into the mat,” Corah said.

Hold the pose for 10 to 60 seconds, rest and repeat twice.

Finish up the workout with v-sits.

"Knees bent, flex feet, lift toes, extend arms out, roll shoulders back, chest lifted,” Corah said.

Hold this pose for 30 seconds then extend your arms 10 times on each side. Rest and repeat that twice.

By following these five moves and watching what you eat, you'll be off to a great start this year.

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