Take a break from your regular exercise routine, and celebrate
America’s birthday with six sweet moves. They’ll have ya feelin’ patriotic in a
March to Your Own
Head over to the stairs in your house, or if you’re dyin’ to
get outside, find some stairs at a local park. Run up them, and try to lift
your knees as high as you can. Then run back down. Do as many repeats as ya
need to get your lungs pumpin’ – should be about ten or twenty times up the
Havin’ a cookout for the Fourth? Well chances are, Mom’s got
some baked bean cans layin’ around to go with those burgers and hot dogs later.
Sneak into the kitchen and borrow two cans of the same size. Hold one in each
hand down at your sides. Lift your right hand up to your right shoulder, and as
you go, turn it so that your palm (with the can in it) is facing up. Then lower
it slowly back down to the starting position, rotating your hand so that your
palm faces your leg again. Next, do all the same motions with your left hand.
Repeat the entire series twenty times (so it’ll be forty times if ya count each
Pushup to Pledge
Lay down on your right side. Cross your right arm over your
chest, and rest it on your heart like you’re pledging to the flag. Then put
your left hand flat on the ground near your right elbow. Straighten your left
elbow ‘til your bod is off the ground from the waist up. Hold there for a sec,
and then slowly lower yourself back down. That’s one. Do 25 reps, and then
switch everything to your other side for 25 reps to work your right arm, too.
Stand up straight, and then pretend you’re sitting down in
your lawn chair street-side to watch the Independence Day parade. Without
actually using a chair, bend your knees and stick your butt out. For balance,
put your hands straight out if front of you, like you’re wavin’ to that cutie
on the Boy Scouts’ float. If ya look down, your knees shouldn’t be any farther
forward than the tips of your toes. (If they are, you aren’t stickin’ that
booty out far enough.) Then straighten up, and repeat the whole thing 25 times.
Uncle Sam’s Favorite
Jumping jacks work for army men, so why not us gals, too?
Here’s a recap on the proper form: Stand up straight with your legs together.
Then jump your legs out a little wider than shoulder width, and at the same
time, raise your arms out to the sides and above your head in one fluid
movement. Jump your legs back together and bring your arms down to complete the
exercise. Instead of counting out each jump, set a timer and see how many you
can fit in one minute. Too easy? Time yourself for two minutes, and rotate your
bod ninety-degrees every thirty seconds for a different view.
Stars, Stripes, and
Lay down on your stomach with your arms straight out if
front of you. Lift your chest, arms, and legs off the floor simultaneously, so
that your bod forms an arc. Hold there for a few seconds, and then raise your
right arm and your left leg as high as you comfortably can. Stay in that
position for thirty seconds, and then switch so that your opposite arm and leg
are raised higher for thirty seconds. Lower all your appendages back to the
floor after that minute.
Hey babes, what’re
you planning on doing to get active for this holiday?
BY CARRIE RUPPERT ON 6/29/2012 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN workouts, favorite ab workouts, best-ever arm workouts, your best booty workouts, 30 days to a bikini bod, fourth of july, 4th of July fun