Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Nothing to Lose... but Fat!

I love Cosmopolitan Magazine. Don't you? They've got everything from dating tips, to exercise tips. Basically, it's a guide on how to be an amazing woman from cover-to-cover. Of course I follow them on their Twitter, so when I saw a tweet about "6 workout moves you can do while watching TV," I sauntered on over because nothing excites me more than mindless exercise you don't really have to pay attention to. (Okay, I lie... food is definitely more enticing and exciting for me, but I can pretend that I enjoy exercise.)

You know those days when you have nothing planned but to sit on your ass all day and watch a marathon of your favorite show? You enjoy yourself, of course you do, but you feel like a lazy son of a sloth after the first few hours. I'm sure you all totally understand what I'm talking about. Here are some good tips for feeling a little bit better about yourself.


Get Long, Luscious Legs
The Move: Lay on your back with your legs straight up in the air and your feet pointed to the ceiling. Cross the right foot in front first, then cross the left leg in front, finally open to middle split (or as wide as you can!). Then raise your legs back to the starting position. Repeat 16 times.
The Sexy Pay-Off: This exercise targets your inner and outer thighs, as well as your glutes and calves, resulting in longer, leaner legs.

Score a Firm, Perky Chest
The Move: Get into a plank position — lay on your stomach, then elevate your body using your forearms and toes. Pull your right knee to your chest, then extend your leg back into the plank position and bring your left leg to your chest and back. Do this sequence — alternating between the left and right leg — 8 times. Rest and do it again.
The Sexy Pay-Off: Doing this move actually tones your whole body, but really works your chest — making it tight and firm — because keeping yourself braced on your forearms keeps your chest muscles tight as you bring up each leg. Cat insists this one shows almost instant results, so do these when you want to wear a cute low-cut top out that night.

Show Off a Flat Tummy
The Move: Lay on your back, flat on the floor, your knees bent, and your feet planted slightly wider than your hips. Reach your arms between your legs and slowly sit up, using a pulling motion (as if you were tugging on a rope to pull yourself up). Slowly lower yourself back down, keeping your abs contracted to control the move. Repeat 16 times.
The Sexy Pay-Off: Traditional sit-ups can be uncomfortable. But these actually feel good because they stretch your lower back as they sculpt your abs.

Be Bootylicious in No Time
The Move: Lay on your back with your knees bent, keeping them in line with your hips. Lift your arms straight above your head and raise your pelvis up and down, squeezing your butt muscles the entire time. Repeat this 16 times, holding the last one for 30 seconds.
The Sexy Pay-Off: Keeping your butt tight while doing this works your glutes, firming them up so you'll get a nice, round booty.

A Move That Tones Everything
The Move: Get on your hands and knees, sitting back so your butt rests on your feet. Start lowering your head, scooping your back (think of a cat stretching), letting your butt lift off your feet. Then pull forward so that your back is straight with a slight arch. Pull back to your knees and do it all over again. Repeat 16 times.
The Sexy Pay-Off: Here, you're working your arms, chest, core, butt, and legs. In other words, it tightens your entire body! Plus, with your butt in the air, you just look damn sexy doing it.

*Exercise moves courtesy of Cosmopolitan.com
*Horrifying photo courtesy of Google Images

4 comments:

Carly said...

I am terrible, I never do any exercise! I might try some of these though, they seem quite gentle lol.
xx

SIMONE AND SJANNA said...

Hahaha that is indeed a horrifying photo!
Even the exercise you have discribed seems to much for me! That will take away the relaxing part of me being a couchpotato :D

Good luck to you though and thanks for your comment :)

Love,
Sjanna from wehavebeenexpectingyou

Toni Tralala said...

I like the tip you left for the legs! :) That's my trouble area. :( I like it because it seems doable, if you know what I mean. I will definitely try this out. :)

Aimee said...

Yeah, they don't look too too bad! Hopefully I'll remember this the next time I'm a mega couch potato :p

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