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Beauty People: Caprice's beautiful people; Make-up and exercise tips from Sunday People's star columnist.

Why wait for January to start your new fitness regime? Stay one step ahead and begin now - that way a little festive over-indulging won't stop you wearing your favourite jeans come New Year! With the help of personal trainer Henry Furniss, here's my at-home routine of six, easy- to-follow exercises for a fab, fit body.

1 CHEST FLY

EFFECT: Works chest muscles

POSITION: Lie back on ball with a weight in each hand, keeping the upper back and head supported.

ACTION: Start with the weights at arms length above the head, palms facing inwards, then lower until level with ears. Keep arms slightly bent and return to start position.

2 SQUAT

EFFECT: Tones top thigh muscles

POSITION: Take a weight in each hand with arms straight at your sides and feet shoulder width apart.

ACTION: Squat down slowly to a 90-degree angle, keeping head up and back straight. Return to start position without locking your legs. Perform slowly for best results.

3 ONE-ARM ROW

EFFECT: Strengthens upper back

POSITION: Place one arm on the ball, leaning one knee against it and keeping both feet on the floor. Keep back straight, shoulders horizontal and head level with your back.

ACTION: Pull up the weight in one hand until level with your chest, then lower. Repeat with other arm.

4 LEG RAISES

EFFECT: Works backs of legs, the buttocks and lower back

POSITION: Lie face down, while supporting your weight on the pelvis region and place your hands lightly on the ground.

ACTION: Raise alternate legs, allowing some bend in the knee, while supporting leg stays straight.

5 SHOULDER PRESS

EFFECT: Strengthens shoulders and underarm muscles

POSITION: Sit on the fitness ball, keeping your back straight and feet firmly flat on the floor.

ACTION: With a weight in each hand at shoulder height, lift over your head to form a triangle shape. Keep forearms vertical at all times.

6 ABS CRUNCH

EFFECT: Tightens tummy muscles

POSITION: Lie back, bend knees and keep feet flat on the floor.

ACTION: With your hands at both sides of your head, slowly raise your head and shoulders, using your stomach muscles. Lower your

shoulders back towards the floor, but don't actually touch it.
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Nov 18, 2001
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