Summer’s still going strong, which means plenty of places to wear those cute shorts and tank, or your new bikini. But that also means that every night out and barbecue can’t be an all-you-can-eat fest if those shorts will still slide on the same way. Never fear! You can have a couple of margaritas and some delicious dessert if you keep up on an exercise routine amidst all the fun. Try these five moves when you have a few minutes between gatherings.
Five Moves For You
- Ab whittling walk: Start in a plank position, with shoulders, hips, and ankles in a straight line. Move to your forearms, and then turn your arms so your right hand touches your left elbow and vice versa. Now you can “walk” your forearms forward one elbow at a time, moving your toes forward in unison. Walk a few “steps” forward, then a few steps back, and repeat five times. This will work your shoulders and biceps as well as your core.
- Arm balance buffer: Stand on your left foot, and bring your torso parallel to the floor with your right leg raised behind you. Hold a light free weight in each hand, with hands hanging down in front of you. Draw the weights up to your armpits, then hinge your arms at the elbow to send the weights out and back. Switch legs and repeat on the other side; do a set of ten on each leg. This works your abs, rear, and thighs as well with the balancing act.
- Leg skater lunge: stand with your feet hip-width apart and your toes turned out. Place your hands on your hips, and then follow a curtsy motion, stepping your right foot back and to the left. Stand up again, and then repeat on the other side. Do a set of ten for each leg.
- Butt Raiser: Standing next to a chair, hold the back of the chair with your right hand, and hold a small weight in your left hand. Bend your left knee, lifting your foot behind you. Squeeze your glutes and press your left foot (flexed) straight back while your knee remains bent. Complete three sets of ten, alternating sides.
- The Back Fly: Lie with your chest on a ball, with arms dangling in front of you, a small weight in each hand. Extend your legs behind you with your feet wide and resting on your toes. Lift your shoulders off the ball and extend your arms in a V up to shoulder height. Repeat for 12, then do another 12 if you can.
These body weight and free weight exercises are easy to do at home and can really give you some nice toning. For more help on making healthy choices and improving your lifestyle, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!
Dr. Julie Drolet
P.S. If even exercise doesn’t make you feel good, it could be your hormones. Find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.