Tired of sitting in your chair dreaming about the body you could have if you didn’t spend all your time at work? Try these exercises to slim and tighten your abs!
The abdominal squeeze: All you have to do is sit on the edge of your office chair with your feet flat on the floor. Then with your spine straight, pull in your stomach as much as you can and hold the squeeze.
The elbow to knee: Begin by raising your left arm overhead and then lifting your right knee into the air while bringing your left elbow down and across your body toward your knee. Repeat on the opposite side.
The seated oblique twist: Place a pointer stick, ruler or broom stick across your upper back and shoulders. It’s held with your elbows bent at your sides, palms forward. Sit up tall on the edge of your chair with your knees bent and feet on the floor. You can also bend your elbows and place palms on top of your shoulders to do the exercise without the stick. Simply rotating your spine from side-to-side is all you need to do for the exercise, though it is important to keep your abs tight as in the abdominal squeeze exercise. You can also rotate to one direction and then back to center first before working the other side.
Get your metabolism working!! Start with a good breakfast!
Eating 5 ounces of lean protein such as egg whites stimulate the metabolic process.
Adding ½ grapefruit will aid in cleansing the body since it contains lots of fiber and water.
Adding ¾ cup veggies to your omelette such as asparagus, spinach and broccoli which are high in fiber and non-starchy, will also help to increase your metabolism and sustain your energy throughout the morning.
Here’s is Your Weekend Workout (Beginner & Advanced Versions)
Try this workout: A is for beginners, B is for more advanced
Warm up walking & stretch 5 minutes
A- march in place 3 minutes
B-skip for 3 minutes outside or treadmill
A- 10 reverse lunges each leg
B- 10 jump lunges each side
A- 10 push-ups standing against wall
B- 10 military push-ups
A- walk or jog 10 minutes
B- sprint 10 minutes,( 30 sec sprint, 30 sec walk)
Eating a little good fat (like the monounsaturated fat found in olive oil, avocado and nuts) with your vegetables appears to help your body absorb protective phytochemicals, like lycopene from tomatoes and lutein from dark green vegetables.
So grab some of these healthy fats, add greens and tomatoes to enjoy a nice change. You should never get bored with salads either because there are so many options and recipes out there as well!
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Even in the winter months it is important to use sunscreen. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) you are at risk for sun damage. The sun reflection off the snow and water can nearly double the amount of UV rays.
Here are some guidelines from the EPA:
An easy way to tell how much UV exposure you are getting is to look for your shadow:
• If your shadow is taller than you are (in the early morning and late afternoon), your UV exposure is likely to be low.
• If your shadow is shorter than you are (around midday), you are being exposed to high levels of UV radiation. Seek shade and protect your skin and eyes.The EPA recommends always wearing SPF of 30 or more and applying liberally.
A pool might not be the first place you think of going when you’re looking to shape up and slim down—but perhaps it should be. No other workout burns calories, boosts metabolism, and firms every muscle in your body (without putting stress on your joints) better than a swimming workout.
These are a few workouts if you’re interested in using the pool to get some exercise:
Breaststroke: Sweep through. Reach your arms overhead, palms together. Rotating your palms outward, pull down until your hands are nearly level with your chin. Bring your hands inward by your chest, then reach again. Whip it. Bend your knees and bring your heels toward your butt. Turn your toes outward and kick your legs back and together (like a frog) as you extend your arms forward.
Backstroke: Eyes up. Look straight up at the sky or ceiling—not at your toes, which causes your hips to sink—so your head is in line with your spine. Make a Y. Reach back with each arm at a 45-degree angle to your body; it places less stress on your shoulders and makes your stroke stronger.
Freestyle is also fan favorite because it’s easy to learn and it burns major calories, as do all these exercises.The swimming pool is a great place to burn calories and build muscle. If you’re a generally adventurous person, swim workouts can also be very helpful should you ever be in a situation where they can be applied to safety.
Eat Salads for the Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables
Many experts agree that Americans need to eat more fruits and vegetables (especially dark green and orange vegetables) and legumes — all popular salad ingredients; nutrient-rich plant foods contribute to overall health. If you frequently eat green salads, you’ll likely have higher blood levels of a host of powerful antioxidants (vitamin C and E, folic acid, lycopene, and alpha- and beta-carotene,) especially if your salad includes some raw vegetables. Antioxidants are substances that help protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals.