My first Fit Friday post.
Not too long ago a friend of mine launched Fit Friday in an effort to shed a few pounds and encourage others to do the same.
At about the same time I trudged my lifetime member self back to Weight Watchers and vowed to get back on track. I also started writing about that adventure (again) here and launched Weight Watching Wednesdays.
Today when I saw her Fit Friday, I knew I just had to jump in there, too. Two posts a week means twice the motivation, right?
Well, I’m not sure if I’ll always be able to keep up the 2 posts a week trend (and fit in all that exercising I’m hoping to add, too) but here’s a start:
I am in need of banishing that evil muffin top. Ugh.
Last January, when I began training for the MS 150, a brilliant trainer at the YMCA gave me some exercises to strengthen my abs.
My goal at the time was to beat back pain, but I really loved the side-effect: flatter abs and no muffin top!! Cha-Ching!
(My husband liked the side-effect, too.)
I kept it up for quite awhile, but, unfortunately, I got out of the habit after the MS 150 (and before summer— what was I thinking?!)
But now, I’m bringing it back and not letting it go. And I’m sharing the secret with you.
So clear out about 10 minutes of your day (yes, that’s it) and let’s banish muffin top forever!!
(PS I am in no way a trained expert. Please bear with me as I do my best to explain this. And if you do it wrong as a result of any confusion, don’t sue me. You’re following this at your own risk.) Okay, here we go:
Hold (and keep) your body flat/ straight, pulling in your abs and rest (haha) on your elbows and bent toes.
Hold for 20 seconds and repeat for three sessions. Add hold time as the days progress, working up to 2 minutes per hold.
Super Man Lifts
Rest on your stomach with your arms straight ahead.
Pull your arms and legs straight up and out then drop back down. (see photo) 20 times. Pause and repeat for three sets total.
I typically pull my body into child’s pose for a quick rest between the three sets.
Lie down, tighten your abs and pull yourself up, bending your knees, keeping your feet together and your back straight. Hold your arms straight in front of you. Hold for 20 seconds and repeat for three sessions. Add hold time as the days progress, working up to 1 minute per hold.
Do these exercises every single day and you WILL see a difference.
I don’t know why I ever stopped, but I am back on track, starting tonight.
PS For a really, really before photo, check this out.