Welcome back to Monday, Nesters! Time to work off that weekend slide that ended up on our backsides! We're continuing our 12-Weeks to Weight Loss Plan! Enjoy - and even if you can't do it all, whatever you can do is AWESOME! And remember, these exercises remain in our Daily Dose Forum forever - so you'll always know where to find them!
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Day 6 - Core Strength
Today you're going to focus on strengthening your core with some new workout ideas. You'll learn how to work your abs with a little more action (not just lying on the floor and crunching up and down). You'll also take a look inside your pantry to see what can go (here's a hint: get rid of the Twinkies).
Cardio Focus: Active Rest
Your focus today is on being active and having fun. Don't worry about heart rate, intensity or any of that other stuff.
Strength and Flexibility Focus: Core Strength
First, get warmed up by taking a short walk or doing a few minutes of light cardio or marching in place. Then, do the workouts below to strengthen your abs and back in challenging ways:
This workout involves a resistance band, an exercise ball and a medicine ball. If you don't have all of the equipment shown, either subsitute or do the exercises without the equipment.
Try these unique exercises that target the muscles of the torso in new and dynamic ways. This workout is perfect if you're tired of the same old crunches!
Wood-chopsAnchor a resistance band near the floor and stand with left side facing it. Hold handle with both hands and, keeping your hips forward, sweep your arms up and across your body in a diagonal until arms are over the right side of your body. If you don't have a resistance band you can use a medicine ball, a light dumbbell or nothing at all. Don't swing--do the movement slowly.
|For Beginners: Do 1 set of 8-12 repetitions of each exercise. Modify anything that isn't comfortable.
For Intermediate: Do 2 sets of 8-12 reps.
For Advanced: Do 3 or more sets of 8-12 repetitions.
Warm up with 5-10 minutes of cardio
Lying Torso Twists
Side-Plank Hip Lift
I am making a new promise to myself
I am going to do every exercise that I post, on the day I post it!
Hold me to it, ladies!
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