Remember last week when I rambled on about random stuff for a while? Yea, sorry I’m not sorry. But if you remember correctly, I mentioned that I’m working in different types of content into the site to give you guys a better idea of what’s really happening in my life and this post is one of those. Feel free to let me know what you think about the addition of this kind of content in the comments section!
A few months back I got a few requests to share my workout plan and I’ve been meaning to do a post on this for some time, but honestly, I really hadn’t worked out much in the past three months. I was traveling a lot and insanely busy with work and winter never helps. I get really discouraged when it’s freezing outside and a big bowl of soup and a glass of wine pretty much always sound better than exercising. But now it’s warming up and I’m getting things organized and realizing that I can’t take on every single project, I’m finding more balance in my life and have been going to yoga a little more regularly.
So that workout plan! I don’t really have any schedule I really stick to. I walk at least an hour everyday — the perks of having an active pup! Other than walking, I rely on yoga to keep myself in shape. I also find that it’s really good for my mental health too and why not kill one bird with two stones?
What I love about yoga is that it tones my body really quickly without making my muscles bulky like heavy weight-lifting can. Since it’s summer, I’ve been focusing more on my abs so I feel confident when it’s time to hit the beach or pool. I have to admit, I wish I had started a little earlier or ate less in London, but I guess I’ll just be doing a few extra rounds! These 6 yoga poses are my favorites for toning my abs and also my arms, legs and booty. Oh, and my face in the last pose. OMG. Hilarious.
Dancer is a good pose for toning your abs, arms and legs. Keep your core tight to help with balance and make sure to keep your hips even.
5. Side Plank
This one is great for your obliques and also your arms. If I’m feeling really balanced, I’ll try a different variation and pull my leg up to my knee or raise it an extend it out.
4. Boat Pose
Make sure to keep your abs tight and don’t crunch your neck or lower back. There’s several variations, so feel free to adjust as you get stronger! If this is too hard, try keeping your legs bent at 90 degree angle to the ground or supporting them gently with your hands.
3. Warrior III
There’s warrior I & II, but Warrior III is definitely the most challenging of them all and gives you a great ab and butt workout. Remember to breathe through this one, I forget a lot!
Wheel is a great one for your whole body. Once you’re in the position, take a few deep breathes. It’s also a good stretch for your abs.
This one is definitely tougher and having a strong core is key to getting your legs above your head and keeping them there. Just recently was I able to do this pose! It took me several years before I could finally do it. I typically practice my headstand against a wall — just in case I fall over — because that does happen occasionally.
Oh and feel free to laugh at this last picture because OMG. Apparently this is what I look like when I’m concentrating really hard.
Do you have any favorite exercises for strengthening abs?
photography by Shaheen Khan