a little a lot this holiday season? Not quite sure how to get back into the swing of things? Don't you worry. The Lo Down team has your back.
We, too, have been snacking away on plenty of unhealthy options—knocking back sugary concoctions and such. Really though, it's been hard to resist mama's hearty, buttery, home cooking.
So, to tone it up, flush it out, sweat, burn, and grind, we thought we'd share with you some fat-blasting muscle-building ease-your-ass-back-into-it workouts. Take a deep breath, ladies. You're in for one hell of a ride!
My Anaconda Don't
Never underestimate the basic squat. Begin by standing with your feet a hip's distance apart. Then, slowly bend your knees as if you were to sit in a chair. Remember to keep all your weight in your heels. NEVER move your knees beyond your toes OR let your knees roll in or out. Now, squat down as low as you can. Elongate your spine. Keep your shoulders relaxed. Now, give up two sets of 15-20 squats.
Looking to try something more advanced? BOSU balls might just be your new best friend. Think bridge on steroids. Head over to Pop Sugar for advanced glute-toning play-by-plays.
Leg Day Err'day
If you don't already, try devoting 5 days a week to cardiovascular exercise. We know, we know, you don't have the time! But in the rare chance that you do, your exercise routine should include 30-45 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise and interval training. Hint: high intensity, should you choose to accept the challenge, is perfect for targeting stubborn fat.
Remember to choose exercises that directly use your legs. We're talking power walking, jogging, in-line skating, step machines, and aerobic or spinning classes. The idea is to burn fat (holla!) and develop your currently hibernating leg muscles.
So maybe getting ripped is not a one day thing. Doesn't mean you can't try our favorite stability ball exercises. Enter the stability ball back extension. Like with your tummy on the stability ball and steady yourself by pushing your feet against a wall. Now, put your arms straight by your sides with your palms facing upwards. This is your starting position. Lift your upper body while rotating your palms down to the floor and squeezing your shoulder blades together. Slowly rotate your palms back to starting position.
The stability ball rollout, on the other hand, requires you to kneel behind a stability ball and place your bent elbows on it. Contract your abs and support your eight in your arms. Roll the stability ball away from your body SLOWLY, and roll it back to starting position. Remember, the further away you roll the ball, the more challenging the exercise.
Finally, our absolute favorite: the stability ball knee tuck. Start in a push-up plank position with your shins on a stability ball and your palms on the floor. Keep your back straight and contract your abs as you pull the ball towards your chest by pulling your knee towards your chess. Hold the position for a couple of seconds. Then, straighten your legs to roll back to the starting position.
Are you more ready to tackle the new year, new you? Do you have any go-to exercises? Be sure to let us know!