8 tone-ups to try while you're getting ready in the a.m.
When you wake up in the morning, don’t be quite so quick to rise and shine. Take a moment to stretch all over, then lay flat and straight like board. Use your abs to pull yourself up into a sitting position. Hold it there for a few seconds, then lower yourself back down slowly. Repeat 10 times.
Wow-mazing wall sits
Most people don’t brush their teeth for the dentist-recommend two to three minutes. Grab a stopwatch or kitchen timer and do your mouth a favor. And while you’re at it, back your booty up to the wall and do a wall sit while you brush. Be careful not to overextend your knees—you want your thighs and shins to form a 90-degree angle.
Make Mom ‘n’ Dad happy by making your bed…and getting a little arm workout at the same time. Start with your sheets. Grip the edges of the sheet with both hands and pull firmly, hands to your chest, to make hospital corners. Fluff the comforter from the end of the bed, lifting it up and shaking it flat 10 times to work the muscles in your back. Pillow time! Lift them overhead 10 times each, pressing upward enthusiastically, before tossing them on the bed.
Work your way from bedroom to bathroom and back by lunging down the hall. Begin standing normally, then take a big step forward with your right leg and bend your right knee so that your thigh and shin form a 90-degree angle. Bend your left leg, knee almost touching the ground. Pause, then return to standing and lunge forward with the other leg. Continue ‘til ya get there.
Heading up and down stairs? Take an extra minute to jog your way up and down a few more times, keeping your knees high and step light.
While you’re in the shower weighting for your conditioner to work its magic, grab a bottle of shampoo or body wash, make sure the cap is closed and then use it as a weight. Hold it in your right hand, palm facing up, and curl your arm upward using your bicep rather than swinging your elbow. Repeat 20 times, then switch arms.
Closet calf raises
While you’re standing in front of your closet trying to decide what to wear, put the seconds to good use by doing calf raises. Lift up on your toes and lift yourself as high as you can. Hold for five seconds, then slowly lower back down. Repeat.
Whether you’re waiting for toast or scrambled eggs, take advantage of the countertop and do a little bar work. Stand perpendicular to the counter, place one hand on the edge lightly for balance and spread your feet into second position. Bend your knees slowly and sink down into a plie. Repeat on each side ‘til breakfast is ready.
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