Abs and Gluteus
Ready to work out and tone up but can’t seem to find some extra time or extra cash for another BILL!
We’ve got you covered… Check out this article written by Jodi Helmer from WebMd, where she gives us some GREAT ideas on what kind of exercise we can do from HOME!
In each issue of WebMD the Magazine we feature a reader’s fitness question and then find an expert to answer. In our September, 2012 issue, Deb Moore, 52, a college professor in Little Rock, Ark. asked, “I’d love to feel more toned, but I don’t have time to hit the gym. Are there simple exercises I can do on my own to get results?”
Expert tip: “It only takes a few minutes, three times per week, to keep your abs and glutes looking their best — no gym membership required,” says Joan Pagano, American College of Sports Medicine-certified health and fitness specialist and author of Strength Training for Women. She offers these moves to tone your trouble spots.
Forget the tummy tuck. This exercise targets your trouble spots and helps build up muscle. Combine with cardio a minimum of 30 minutes, three times a week (beginners can take three brisk 10-minute walks, working up to a 30-minute workout). This exercise and cardio will whittle your waistline — no surgery required.
- Lie on your back, bend your knees, and raise your legs until your knees are over your hips, calves are parallel to the floor, and feet are in the air.
- Cradle your head in your hands and tighten your abs as you lift your head and shoulders off the floor.
- Exhale and twist your left shoulder toward your right knee while extending your left leg.
- Inhale and return to the start position, keeping your head and shoulders elevated off the floor.
- Do 20 times, then repeat on the other side.
“The bicycle crunch engages all four abdominal groups,” Pagano says. “Instead of doing three different exercises, I can get the same results with one.”
Try this exercise to tone your butt. Not only will your gluteus, the large muscles in your buttocks, look great in a pair of jeans, but this move will improve your posture and balance, too. You’ll also look — and feel — stronger.
These exercises are Awesome!
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