Cool stuff on Zulily and a new ab workout

Oh how I can’t wait to work my abs again! But I’m still putting together workouts so here is a great ab routine:

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Here are the links to the moves:

Revolved Ab pose
Bicycle crunches
Toe touches
Hip touch plank

I promised myself I wouldn’t buy anything the month of January that we didn’t need, dang you Zulily! Ok I haven’t bought anything yet but it’s sitting in my cart begging to be bought, haha. I’ve wanted a balancing board and weighted ball for a while, but I’m trying to hold off. I mean really I’m not going to be able to use it for a few months anyway. But if any of you have Christmas money to spend they had some good stuff on their site!

Weighted Pilates ball

Stability Ball

Balance Board

Fave move Friday and balance

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Back raises:

What it works: Back, Core (And with the ball and my feet against the wall I feel this in my glutes as well)

 

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Stability Ball push-up:

What it works: Core, Arms

If you haven’t guess it already, I love my stability ball and use it all the time! The stability ball is great for working on your balance. Balance is an important part of exercise that can be helpful in any sport when it comes to improvement and injury prevention.ย  I found two articles here and hereย if you want to do some more reading up on it.

Here are some great options for working on balance:

Stability ball:

Bosu:

Balancing boards:

I watched our local college basketball team use this Reebok stability board while training at the gym. It seems like a much more affordable option to the Bosu although not as big. I’ve had my eye on a Bosu, but they are spendy, so I will keep using the ones at the gym for now.

Any one else have a favorite balancing move that they love?

Fave move Friday/Obliques

Oh the love handles. Why are they called love handles, does any body really love them?!! I used to be able to eat whatever I wanted and I had the tiniest waist. Ha! Not any more. I have to work if I want to stay slender in the mid-section. I blame my children for that. I want to dedicate a whole post to how to get great looking abs, but I’ll give the short story first. Most important is diet! Second is Cardio, and lastly is the actual excercise.
I’m sure everyone is really motivated to try these move after I tell you that! lol. Well you still have to work the muscle, even if it isn’t the most important thing to do. This is my favorite way to work my obliques!:
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I’ve done a lot of different moves trying to hit this muscle and this combination is the best.
Start by balancing your hip on the ball and put your feet against something, for instance a wall or couch will work. With your arm at a 90 degree angle on the ball, raise your upper body from the ball and lower back down slowly. Do as many as you can! When you start to feel the burn, move on to the next move which is more advanced. With both arms behind head lift and lower your body until you can’t do anymore. The last move is the most advanced. With your arms still behind your head lift your body but add a twist at the end. When you start to feel the burn count down from 10. Switch sides and repeat! It may take 5 minutes to get through it, but these are great moves if your short on time. I like to do these after a quick run. Fridays run was a little over 6 miles:
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I’m still getting used to running in the early morning, and I hope my body figures it out quickly.

I want to know, when is your favorite time to run?