How to Use a Figure Twister

By Christina Sloane

A figure twister is the generic name for a small, portable aerobic exercise device that tones the abdominal muscles, hips, thighs and calves while helping you burn calories. Some models come with raised plastic "fingers" that massage your feet while you exercise. The device requires no batteries or electrical cords -- the body's pivoting motion moves the rotating plates.

Step 1

Place the figure twister on a hard, flat surface.

Step 2

Stand on the figure twister so that your feet are flat and a shoulder-length apart. The device may have designated spots for the feet, which will be indicated by massage bumps or foot-shaped drawings or indentations.

Step 3

Bend your forearms so they are perpendicular to your waist, and make fists with your hands.

Step 4

Twist your arms and hips to pivot your body from side to side. As you twist to the right, raise your left heel and bring your left forearm across your chest. As you twist to the left, raise your right heel and bring your right forearm across your chest. Go as fast or as slow as you like, depending on your current level of fitness.

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