Sunday, August 31, 2008

Fitness Diaries: Issue #1

Dear readers,

Feeling like the only shape you’re in is round? It’s time to get fit with quick exercises to leave you feeling slim and trim. Now I’m not one who loves to work out, but I do want to stay healthy. Like most of you, my time is precious to me; I don’t want to spend countless hours a day working out. So I have devised a plan to blog a few fitness workouts for us to try. After a few weeks if we like them then great, if not, we can try new exercises. Most blogs will contain a little less talk and a lot more action; seeing how this was the first blog I figured we better get acquainted! Happy workout!

-Ciara Doll

Butterfly Crunch

Targets: rectus abdominus (“six pack”)
Lie on your back with the soles of your feet together as close to your body as possible, with knees bent out to sides. Place hands behind your head, elbows in line with ears. Keeping your back flat on floor and stomach muscles contracted, exhale and curl your chest up a few inches off the floor toward your legs. Lower to start. Repeat 10 times. This one is nice because I feel like the butterfly of the legs during the crunch improves my flexibility…I like it!

Side to Side

Targets: Obliques

Lie on your back, knees bent and feet flat on the floor, with your arms at your sides. Exhale and contract your abs as you slide your right hand toward your right foot. Your head and neck should remain aligned and your lower back pressed to the floor. Return to start, then switch sides. Repeat 15 times. At first this confused me, but your head and neck will move to the side you reach they just have to stay aligned!

Front Plank

Targets: transverse abdominals
Start on your hands and knees. Keeping your back and ab muscles contracted, drop down to your forearms while extending legs out behind you so you are resting on the balls of your feet. Be sure to keep your back straight, hips up, and neck relaxed. Hold for three seconds, then return to start. Repeat 10 times. This is my personal favorite exercise for abs. Make sure hips up doesn’t result in behind in the air! Haha I like to hold the plank for as long as I can (about 1 minute) instead of going from hands and knees to plank. Try both and see what you think!

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