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Saddle up!; ARE YOU SADDLED WITH A FLABBY BOTTOM, TUM AND THIGHS? TRY PEDAL POWER, SAYS MONICA GRENFELL.

I love watching people, so sitting in a Manchester wine bar recently was my idea of heaven. The place was full of girls in short skirts revealing smooth, toned thighs and flat stomachs, and tiny tops showing off their midriffs. It struck me that this was seriously low-maintenance glamour. No designer labels, no celebrity haircuts . . . and they weren't just skinny teenagers. I gatecrashed one group of twentysomethings with breath-taking figures and spoke to Dawn. What was their secret?

"We all started cycling to work!" she said. "Eight miles each way in any weather. It's brilliant!" Just to prove it she hoisted up her skirt to reveal the most perfect bottom I've ever seen. "I used to be a size 16 and drove everywhere, but I bought a bike and it all vanished. Driving ruins your bum".

If the government wants us to abandon our cars, they should display mile-high posters of Dawn's bottom on every street corner with the slogan "driving ruins your bum" They'll be grassing over the roads.

GO FOR

THE BURN

Look how many calories you'll burn if you leave the car and get on your bike . . .

Gentle cycling: four calories a minute.

Moderate cycling: six calories.

Racing cycling: 11 calories.

If you can't go by bike, try toning your bottom with the easy exercises on the right, which you should do EVERY OTHER DAY.

DIETER'S DREAM FOOD OF THE WEEK

EGGS

Everybody should eat eggs. They are a wonderfully balanced element in

your diet. Eggs have

had a bad press due to

the cholesterol scare, but they are complete powerhouses of nutrition

which help your looks, too. My favourite is a two-egg Spanish omelette full of spicy peppers . . . only 250 calories.

NUTRITION FILE

LOW in saturated fat ONLY 80 calories each

HIGH in vitamin B12 for the nervous system

HIGH in protein (6-8g per egg)

Eggs contain CYSTEINE, a vital amino acid which is good for your hair.

MONICA'S MAILBOX

Dear Monica,

What can I eat after I've been to my Keep Fit class? I have my tea about two hours before to give me energy, but by nine o'clock I am starving. I am afraid to eat late because it makes you fat, and I must lose a stone. Angela, Derby.

Dear Angela Eating late does not make

you fat, especially if you have been exercising quite vigorously. Your body will be like a furnace, and as long as you do not pile into a steak and two veg you will be fine. Have a bowl of cereal with sliced apple or banana, or wholemeal toast and honey, or a jacket potato. You need something filling to see you through the night or you will wake up with a "hangover" feeling, which is a symptom of low blood sugar. Incidentally, it would be better to eat a lighter meal before you exercise, and make it three hours before, not two.

BOTTOM EXERCISES

This exercise works the large buttock muscle, but must be done with care.

Take position on all fours, as shown. Stretch out your left leg so your toe is pointing to the floor.

Slowly lift your leg and hold for three seconds. Return to floor. Do eight lifts (or as many as you can manage). Change legs.

STRETCH OUT

Stretch out your bottom muscles by lying flat with your right foot on the floor. Place the left foot across the opposite thigh (not the knee joint). Lift your right foot a few inches off the floor until you can feel a stretch in your buttock muscles. Hold for 10 seconds. Change legs.

Do you have a weight or fitness problem? You can write to Monica's Mailbox at PO Box 58 OXON, OX12 9BS. Please enclose a SAE for a personal reply
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Author:Grenfell, Monica
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 12, 1997
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