Monday, June 6, 2011

Ab exercises!!

 Crunches with a Leg Raise

Starting Position: Begin by lying on your back with your arms stretched over head and 1 leg straight.
Form: Exhale and as you bring your leg to 90 degrees crunch forward with your upper body in an attempt to touch your toes. Hold briefly at the top and slowly lower to the starting position.
Personal Trainer Tips: Repeat for 8-15 repetitions on each leg.
If your neck gets fatigued, gently support your neck with the opposite hand from the straight leg and just reach with 1 arm. (i.e. touch your right foot with your right hand)

Star Sit Ups, Exercise of the week...

 Star Sit Ups

Starting Position: Begin by lying on your back with your arms stretched out to the sides.
Form: Exhale and sit up reaching your left hand to your right foot. Hold briefly and lower back to the starting position.
Repeat on the other side. Perform 8-15 repetitions on each side.
Personal Trainer Tips: This is another challenging ab exercise.
If places some pressure on the lower back because of the full sit up motion and movement in the legs, so it is not recommended for someone with a back injury.

sit ups

Ab Exercises to Lose Belly Fat Are not Enough!

Remember, if you only do ab exercises to lose belly fat, you'll never reach your goal because you cannot spot reduce fat from under your skin simply with stomach exercises.
In order to lose stomach fat and get a flat stomach you need a comprehensive fitness and diet plan.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Now that you've had that talk with yourself...

about what you want to accomplish, and why, you need to make a decision.  And it has to be definitive and achievable, so think carefully about this before you try to commit. 

Perhaps the weakest reason and the least likely to work is that you want to make a change solely for appearance.  When that's the goal, it's easy to lose sight of the bigger picture, and to get frustrated.  Because none of us will ever be completely perfect, right?  Even if you decide to have plastic surgery, the results are rarely everything you had hoped for, and sometimes it makes things worse.  Focusing on more concrete goals like taking an inch off of your waist in a month are more in line with actual accomplishment.

So, let's take an example of the process:
Q:  What do I want to accomplish?
A:  Take an inch off my waist in 4 weeks.
Q:  What do I have to do to get there?
A:  Cut out desserts and exercise 1 more time a week

This is just one example.  Maybe your goals are healthier eating.  This might be represented like this:
Q:  What do I want to accomplish
A:  Eat healthier
Q:  What do I have to do to get there?
A:  Stock up on whole foods like whole grains, fruits and veggies.  Throw out unhealthy options that are currently in my house.  Limit eating out, or choose healthier restaurants or healthier menu options.