What the front door is happening My Gorgeous Pieces of Pumpkin Pie?!?!
<Sigh> Okay, soOooOooo…I’ve got great news! Fantastic news! EXCELLENT news!
I feel 5 miiiiiiiiiiiiillion times better today!
<sign of the cross> Hallelujah! I was about to stick a fork in myself and confine my booty to the bed for a entire 24-hour period, or however long Mr. Flu Man decided to stick around. But, thank the moon and the stars, I didn’t have to go there.
What a relief!
Now, enough with the introductory chitter chatter…let’s scoop into the dough of the day!
Are you ready to firm & tone your body without hitting the gym?
I say heeellllll-to-the-yeeeaaahh to that! Especially NOW, when we need it most, but don’t have much time to spare.
The thing with exercise (or anything for that matter) is that if it’s inconvenient or something we (secretly) dread doing, we won’t keep it up, and as a result, our health (and happiness) will suffer – Fact! You didn’t need me to tell you that, did you?!
You see, I’ve come here today to help you change the way you think about about exercising. Exercise doesn’t always mean running, lifting weights, going to the gym or taking a class. In fact, simple activities that we engage in every day, that are built into our lifestyle already, can suffice (and even tone us up!).
Follow my 8 Odd Ways To Burn Your Buns
…and over time, I swear, you’ll feel and notice a difference!
#1). Golden Rule: Posture! Posture! Posture! You are now all ballerinas in my book, so act like it! This is something that very few people are conscious of, but it can be a GAME CHANGER when it comes to your fitness and overall health. Good posture looks like this: Chest is open, collar bone is wide, shoulders are plugged into back away from ears, chin is lifted, and rib cage is closed. The key is to assume good posture whenever you can remember! Your body not only has to work harder (hello calorie burn!) to hold itself in such a position, it’s also much healthier for your shoulder girdle, spine and core. Boo-yah!
Left: poor posture / Right: good posture
#2). Engage Your Core! Whenever you can remember, scoop and lift your abdominals – to do this, think about taking your belly button up and underneath your ribcage, then, close/corset your ribcage. Naturally, you will burn more calories and tone your body the more that you engage your muscles throughout the day – it’s not just about the hour you’re working out – it’s about how you’re carrying your body the other 23 hours of the day!
#3). Stand More: For example, instead of sitting at your computer, place it up on a high countertop, and stand to take care of bid-ness! Standing will always burning more than sitting!
#4). Walk More: Get up and walk around whenever you can! Especially at the office. Use any excuse you can to get up off your booty at least once every hour. Walk somewhere for 5 minutes.
#5). Sit on something unstable, with minimal back support (like a balance ball chair). This is totally dorky, but it’s dayum effective, y’all!
This will help strengthen your core, because it forces you to maintain good posture, and stay engaged!
#6). Blow drying/Brushing-Your-Teeth Squats: I swear, I do this! Why not multi-task while you’re brushing your teeth or blow drying your hair?! Simply open your legs to a wide second position (a few inches wider than hip width apart), legs are turned out and feet are also slightly turned out. Bend your knees until your knees go over your toes, then squeeze your inner thighs as you come up to standing (but DON’T STRAIGHTEN your legs, keep a slight bend at knees). You can also do tiny pulses down low to reaaaallly feel the burn!
#7). Cooking! Get inside your kitchen! Try to cook at least twice a week! The food isn’t the only thing healthier for you, the process of cooking can actually be quite a demanding workout! I have totally broken a sweat while in the kitchen! All that stirring, chopping, mixing, pounding, etc., will do your body good!
#8). Carry Your Own Groceries! For New Yorkers, try not to get your goods delivered! At least carry some groceries yourself. Doing this twice a week, for 10-15 minutes (or however long your walk is) is an excellent way to build core and upper body strength (just don’t get carried away, or else you could get injured! Be careful, and know your limits!).
And that is a lean, mean W-to-tha-R-A-P!
Wishing you all succulent eves FILLED with cooking + gorgeous posture + scooping and lifting of your abdominals!
Muah! Muah! Muah!
*BONUS HOLIDAY (workout) PLAYLIST*
Here’s what’s currently playing on the Daily Dubie iPhone: