Stand Up Abs

Sick of having to get down on the floor to work out your midsection?  This workout from the July/August 2011 Weight Watchers Magazine gives you a stand up option! 

Do the following circuit 3 times, flowing from one move right to the next.  Total workout time: 10 minutes, who can’t spare 10 minutes?

Praying Mountain Pose:
  • Stand tall with feet together, all weight on your heels.
  • Lift toes, bringing palms together (in like a praying position)
  • Lower toes, press chest forward to meet hands, and press your elbows forward to open your shoulder blades.
  • Press heels into floor, feeling your spine lengthen, engaging your abs.
  • Hold for 1 minute

 Single Leg Stand
  • From final position of Praying Mountain Pose, lower your hands to sides and bend your knees slightly
  • Slowly lift right leg about 5 inches off the floor, balancing on left leg
  • Keep abs engaged and spine lengthened, hold for 40 seconds
  • Lower right leg, now repeat with left side 

Standing Hip Openers
  • From final position of Single Leg Stand, lift right knee up to hip level
  • Slowly swing right knee across body and then out to the right side, keeping abs tight, spine lengthened and hips square
  • Hold for 30 seconds, slowly bringing right leg back to center, and then lower
  • Repeat on left side.

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