Monday, January 28, 2013

The Better-Than-Nothing Workouts

Upper Body Workout

Pull your belly button in and up, then bend your elbows and slowly lower your body toward the counter until your chest is a few inches from your hands. Pause, then straighten your arms, as if pushing the counter away. Repeat 10 times. That’s one set; aim for three sets.

Tummy Workout

Sit so your spine is against the back of your chair, and bring your shoulders back and down. Then grasp the back or bottom of the chair for support, as shown. Pull your belly button in and up, and slowly lift your right foot off the floor, keeping your knee bent at a 90 degree angle.
Raise your left foot the same way so that your knees are together and both feet are off the floor, as shown. Hold for two counts, then lower, keeping your stomach muscles tight and your back long against the chair. Work your way up to holding for six counts. Repeat eight times, switching the starting leg each time.

Thigh Workout

Stand up straight, with heels together and toes pointed slightly outward.
Rise up on to your toes and pull your belly button in and up, keeping your back straight. Try not to lean forward. Hold for 1 count, then slowly place your heels back on the ground. Do 10 times, or for as long as you’re stuck standing around.

Arm Workout

Wrap your hands around the front of your seat and walk legs out in front of you until knees are bent 90 degrees, keeping elbows locked, 
Slowly bend elbows straight back behind you, dropping your butt almost to the ground, as shown; pause for one count, then push back up. Do 10 to 12 reps. That’s one set; aim for three sets. To make it harder, straighten your legs

Read more: Lazy Woman's Fitness - Redbook 

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