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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Healthy Living for the New Year - Flat Abs

As far as I can remember, I have always, always envied those beautiful beings with flat abs. I have wished for them (the flat abs, I mean) since ...God knows when. Healthy living in the New Year, I am figuring, would surely include flat abs. Yeah, sure.

No, I am not fat or overweight. I am told that I have the right weight for my height; the only thing though is, I have a waist that is a wee bit too thick. So, I thought I'd do something nice and good for me in 2009: strive for that flat and sexy abs. And since I spend a lot of time punching my keyboards, and having finally settled down to get things started in the New Year (sheesh...it's already 13th January 2009... how time flies!), I thought I'd check around to see whether there are some materials newly posted that could help me at least try to achieve one of the New Year's resolutions.

Well, I stumbled on a few good materials ..out of which I picked this article (copied & pasted) below. It seems to give specific instructions, and comes with a video, simple enough for a lazybone like me! How difficult can it be? So, if any one is as lazy as me, just copy and paste (we are not breaking any rules here, right? since I quoted the writer's name and source).

Let's see whether we can have that sexy abs at year's end...

Uncover Sexy Abs Without Crunches!

By Lucy Danziger, SELF Editor-in-Chief - Posted on Thu, Jan 08, 2009, 8:50 pm PST

Bathing suit season is a bit far off, which means it’s the perfect time to start developing the flat, sexy tummy you swear you’ll work on every year. Even if you loathe crunches, you’ll love the following easy, no-equipment moves. Work a few of these moves into your exercise routine three times a week (easing them in minimizes soreness), and then after two weeks, do them all together in one session. Then don’t be surprised if you find yourself surfing the web for bikinis, preparing to reveal your sleek new abs surfside.

Plank pose
Balance on toes and forearms (or palms) for up to a minute, pulling belly button to spine and keeping back straight.

Standing bicycle
Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, hands clasped behind head and elbows pointed out to sides. Straighten left leg as you lift right leg, knee bent, thigh parallel to floor. Keeping knee lifted and steady, twist torso toward right. Return to start. Repeat on other side for one rep. Do 10 reps.

Side winder
Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, hands clasped behind head and elbows pointed out to sides. Lift right leg to side, knee bent, thigh parallel to floor. Keeping knee lifted, bend torso to right side, bringing elbow and knee toward each other. Do 10 reps; switch sides; repeat.

Seesaw
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, hands on hips. Lift right leg, knee bent, thigh parallel to floor with foot flexed. Straighten right leg, pressing heel toward floor, as you lean torso backward. Return to knee lift position and repeat five times. Switch sides and repeat.

Forward bend
Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, arms overhead with palms facing in. Lift right leg, knee bent, thigh parallel to floor. Keeping knee lifted and arms raised, bring torso and knee toward each other as close as you can. Return to start; switch sides and repeat for one rep. Do 10 reps.

(Source: http://health.yahoo.com/experts/healthieryou/7481/uncover-sexy-abs-without-crunches/)



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