As you begin to scribble down "go to the gym everyday" on your New Year's Resolutions list, let me help you with my list of favorite Body Blog workouts of all time - ease into the program and let's get ready for that summer time bikini body! What? Too early for summer? Okay fine...
Sure, Thanksgiving is a food-heavy holiday, but I can assure you that one day of splurging isn't going to hurt you! If you're going to eat a lot, then at least be sure that you're going to make up for it on the other days of the year. Seriously. Oh, and throw in this awesome cardio burst & ab move into the rest of your routine and I can guarantee you won't feel as guilty in your turkey hangover.
Introducing one of my absolute favorite foods - spaghetti squash. Now, this gourd was introduced to me about a year ago, but I never actually bought into it. I thought it was just another one of those healthy food items that tasted really bland and would just be a phase. Boy, was I wrong!
I have a million favorite moves, but the ULTIMATE ab move has to be the "teaser" or "V-sit". I feel like you can graduate from 6-pack university if you can successfully complete this move. I mean, after all that
partying studying this weekend, there's really nothing better to do!
Oct 31, 2011
One of the biggest misconceptions about getting fab abs is that you need to do 100,000 crunches a day. Although that is definitely a mid section burner, it's not the most effective way to go. There are several muscles in our core, including the rectus abdominus (hello, 6-pack), transverse abdominus (deepest side muscle), as well as the internal and external obliques (love handle central). That's why planks are known to be one of the best core stabilizing moves because it incorporates all of these muscles.
Oct 17, 2011
We all deal with it. Waving down a taxi, cheering during a football game or flagging down that cute guy in your chem class. It's known as under arm flab or simply a trouble spot in the tricep area. It's frustrating to deal with this, when all you want to do is to wear sleeveless dresses and wave your hands like you just don't care! No worries, try out these fun moves and you'll be good in no time.
Oct 3, 2011
It is so unlike me to be this unprepared for such a big event. I will say this though, the one thing that's motivating me to cross that finish line strong is my sister. Running the Disneyland Half Marathon was my birthday gift to her. I wanted to show her how rewarding and fun these races could be. Although never a runner, she agreed to do it.
Since I basically live in workout clothes, I've had to revamp my closet to make room for $100 couture spandex. It gets pretty ridiculous paying so much for fitness clothes, but this is how I see it: when you look good, you feel good and you perform even better! Wearing booty lifting shorts and accentuating tops motivates me to go 110% at the gym.
As I've mentioned in my past posts, planks are great for strengthening your core. It also uses every single muscle in your body, so you can call it a full body toner! Since I know you're an expert at planks, I challenge you to bring it to the next level with this move...
Whether you want one as big as Kim Kardashian's or something more subtle like J-Lo's (ok, it's not that subtle, but in comparison...) I have the perfect plan for you. While squats and lunges are my quick go-to favorite, they can get a little boring. Here are some easy ways to spice up your workout routine.
I don't know about you, but I am completely obsessed with arms. On guys, strong arms makes me feel protected and safe - not to mention, it's uber sexy. On girls, nicely toned arms show a sense of empowerment and look great in sleeveless dresses. So, I'm finally dedicating this week's workout to getting that sleek arm definition.
You might be feeling a little sluggish from the weekend. Perhaps it was the Memorial Day barbecue? Post-finals food coma? Graduation hangover? No matter the cause, I have a an easy fix for that food baby of yours. These great ab exercises will target your lower abs, aka that stubborn stomach pooch that often gets ignored with standard crunches/ab workouts.
For the past few weeks and even months, I have been bombarded with finals and papers and work and group projects, all of which didn't allow me enough time to properly train. I mean, the last run I did was a 2-mile warm up the week before. And my last run before that? [Crickets.] I honestly can't tell ya. As I lined up yesterday morning to run, I felt completely unprepared.
When it comes to fitness resolutions, it’s hard to stick to every little detail. There are days when you may feel tired, a date comes up, or you find any excuse ("Judge Judy is on!") to justify yourself. But that's only hindering you, and while it may seem easier to just give up sometimes, sticking to a plan to reach your goal isn't as hard as you think.
Ever have one of those days where you were supposed to make an appearance at the gym but got caught up in a marathon study session and platefuls of tater tots instead? Yeah, me too. It's called Saturday. But don't beat yourself up about those less active days; compensate for them!