During winter, it's easy to hide our insecurities beneath fashionably oversized clothing, so easy that we tend to stop paying attention to them. But what happens when we have to change into something more revealing?
No need to panic, because you still have time to get a beach-ready body! We are bringing five exercises that will address all the problematic areas and make your body look absolutely stunning just in time for the beach.
Combining strength with cardio exercises is of utmost importance, but in order to efficiently sculpt sexy abs, arms, glutes, and thighs and keep the results in the long term, it is also important to start eating healthy – and be careful about those guilty pleasures we all know we have.
1. Elbow Plank: focuses on all abs
To do the elbow plank, get down on the floor, and rest on your forearms and knees. Stretch your leg out one at a time, coming into a plank position. In order to keep your booty from getting too high or too low, contract your abs. Your spine is supposed to be parallel to the floor. Hold this position first for 30 seconds, and then slowly work your way up to a minute.
2. 1 and ¼ Push-up: focuses on shoulders, chest, and tricepses
Since you're already on the floor, get into a push-up position. Bend elbows by 90 degrees, and lower your body toward the floor in 3 counts. Then, push one-quarter of the way from the floor up, and then lower the chest without touching the ground. Push all the way back up to your starting position in a count of 3. Do 5 reps.
3. Squats: focus on thighs
We're sure all of you know what squats are. But in order for them to be the most effective, make sure you're doing them properly. So, stand as tall as you can, spreading your feet shoulder-width apart. Then lower your body as much as you can by pushing your hips back. Pause for a short time, then go back into the starting position. Do 10 reps.
4. Toe Taps: focuses on your core, hips, glutes, and upper body
You should start this exercise in a high plank position, meaning your palms should be on the ground underneath the shoulder, arms straight, toes tucked under. When you've made sure you've taken the right position, bend your left knee and bring your left foot up to the outside of your left hand, or as far as it goes. Then, move your left foot back to the start position. Repeat with your right foot. Do 10 reps.
5. Sprinters: cardio/strength combo
Begin this exercise in a half-kneeling position – your right foot forward, left leg back (like a sprinter!). Bend both elbows. Then, draw your left arm forward and your right arm back. Exhale as you move your left knee and right arm forward and up. Hold this position for 15 seconds, and then go back to starting position. After doing one side, switch to the other arm and leg. Do 5 reps.
A great addition to these five daily exercises could be running or jogging. It will help you establish your new daily excercise routine, plus it has multiple health benefits, such as muscle strengthening, building stronger bones, improving cardiovascular fitness, and maintaining a healthy weight. And Don't Forget to Stretch!
Thanks to our amazing Oliva Gal, and certified barre instructor at Xtend Barre in Seal Beach Ca Kathryn Lung.
Kat is wearing the Brenna Top in a Size S, in Asphalt.