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Monday, March 26, 2007

Ready, Set, GO!

Spring has sprung, my dears. You know what that means, don't you? Yes. I know you do. Time to get that butt in gear! As the weather fluctuates, we are starting to have more warm days than cold ones. Time to get ready to show those flat stomachs and tight, toned curves. Say what?! You're not yet tight and toned? Well, I must ask, WHY NOT? What have you been doing these past months??? Well...okay. I know all about the winter weight gain, and the preference of curling and cuddling up in front of the TV (or for me, the laptop) on the coldest days. And winter comfort food is the BOMB! But now....it's time to say, "bye bye, baby!" to the extra weight AND those lazy winter habits. Get your butt up and let's get it moving!

Ok...Dr. Fitness Diva is gonna give a small, easy to follow, "jump start" prescription today. You follow this, and within a couple weeks you're gonna start seeing your stomach flatten, your arms tone up, and that butt start to lift. Beach body, here you come! You ready? Okay! Here it is:

To Be Done EVERY OTHER DAY for 30 days

Repeat this sequence exactly as given:

Warm up:
At home: Jog in place for 4-5 minutes (turn some music on if you can)If you dare to venture outside, then run around the block 3 times. Be sure to stretch your legs first.

20 squats (butt stuck all the way back, arms stretching forward on the down movement, head up)

15 pushups (knee or toe) abs tucked in, back staight, head neutral (not hanging)

10 front kicks (per leg) lifting the knee first, and then extending the kick, foot flexed(2x = 40 kicks in all)

30 punches (to the center, face level) feet parallel, shoulder width apart, elbows down (like kangaroo punches) Allow your waist to twist as you extend each punch. Hold your stomach IN, exhaling when you punch.

On a flat surface: 50 crunches (knees up, stomach pressed down, hands behind head (not pulling). To amp this up more, pull both knees in to meet the elbows on the up movement.


That's it! Should take you about 20 minutes or so to get through it all.
After the first week, add a second set (minus the warm up).
By the third week, you'll see what I'm talking about. You will see the definition start to come in your abs, arms and legs.

Also, you'll have to cut down on your sugar intake. No more sodas (unless they're diet), no juice drinks, Starbuck's, candy, cakes, etc. Impose some limitations on yourself. I know it's hard to quit sugar cold turkey, but perhaps allowing only one of the above every OTHER day will be a good way to crack that nut. Pretty soon, you won't crave those things anymore. Sugar is an addiction, like any other drug. But you have to start somewhere. Break that addiction, and watch the lbs melt off!

Let me know how it goes. I'd love to hear about it! Good luck to you!

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