June 2015 Editor's Note: The Halfway Mark
Six months in, it is undeniably the middle of the road for the year of 2015 my fabulous friends. Where has the time gone? It feels like we are just flying through without a seatbelt in sight. Well, at least for me it seems that way. Winter weather was a bit treacherous to say the least, but as stated a few posts ago, “change comes eventually.” Some of us made New Year resolutions, others made mood boards, and several just chose to go with the flow. I have learned there isn’t really a right or wrong formula, as long as you are pushing toward a purpose. You know yourself better than anybody else does and it is best to just concoct the right mix for your lifestyle. At the end of the day, “you” have to live your life. In 2014, I gained about 10 pounds. I am not sure how, why, or if I finally just put on some grown woman weight. All I know is whatever I ate during that time period must have been delicious. Now this is not going to be one of those posts where I’m sobbing about gaining a little extra meat on my bones. Why get mad when you can just get even? Complaining is counterproductive, and nobody has time for that honey! At the beginning of this year, I vowed to eat a little healthier and bring consistent fitness back into my routine. Keyword: “consistent.” It has not always been easy so far this year, but I am trying my best to get in where I fit in. Focusing on toning and balance, I teamed up with Personal Trainer & Lifestyle Coach, Mack Brown of Bodies by Mack, to adopt three new practices that are easy to do anywhere, will give you just the right amount of burn, and make any extra tummy fat feel slightly snatched.
CHAIR SQUAT: Hold for three sets of 20 second holds to sculpt the glutes and thighs.
KICK-OUTS: Begin down on all fours, legs about 10 inches apart. Bring your knee in furthest to your chest first, and follow by extending your right or left leg, and toe pointed to the sky. Alternate on both sides for 3 sets of 10 reps to help tone and tighten the stomach and lift your glutes.
PLANKS- Place forearms on mat aligning your elbows with shoulders. Allow your body to form a straight horizontal line from head to feet. Suck in your stomach, fully engage your core, and hold for 30-40 seconds. Tip: Make sure to keep breathing through it!
Hey, I have muscles now! Okay, maybe not quite yet. But, hey I'm on my way!