Monday, March 22, 2010
''I've schedule a 5k run today but heck, I'm tired. Should I listen to my body and skip my run?' I say, nope, don't listen to your body but go for the damn run!
We should treat our bodies like a temple. Feed it with whole healthy food, exercise regularly, drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest. Do not push it for a workout if we fall sick. However, why did I say that we should not listen to our bodies? Is it not a contradiction? My dear Divas, please read on...
Over the years, we have been possessed by false beliefs and let our minds dominate how our bodies truly feel. Some people even live with a poor self/ body-image and think of themselves as incompetent and weak. You are unhappy with the present situation, yet your mind is holding your back from making positive changes. Allowing yourself to skip a scheduled workout and eat unhealthily on regular basis because you 'think' that you are stressed and tired from work and 'believe' that the best way to relax the mind and body is to be a couch potato. People, change your mindset and better yourself NOW!
When you feel lethargic, sure it can be stress from work. What is the best way to relieve stress? A good workout! Be it running, cycling, or pumping iron! Feeling bored with working out on your own? Take your buddy along! You will probably hear the latest office gossip from him/ her too! Besides, exercise brings your a whole cart of benefits too! A 20-minute cardio session will stimulate the release of endorphin, the happy hormone that lift your mood instantly! You will also feel healthier and stronger after a weight session. You skin glows from better blood circulation!
Remember, your mind likes to play trick on you. Think about how you will feel after exercise. Think positive and believe that you have to power to overcome fatigue and achieve more physical accomplishment.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
This exerice challenges your core and sculpt your sexy shoulders, for both guys and girls!
- Sit on resistance band and grab handle in each hand.
- Hold in your tummy and keep it tight at all times.
- Lean back, keep your chest up.
- Tighten your lowers abs and raise your legs (keep them straight or slightly bent for an easier option)
- Bend your arms 90 degress, inhale.
- Exhale when you press resistance band overhead.
- You have to hold in tummy at all times and never arch your lower back when you press the band.
- Repeat 12-15 reps, 3 sets.
This exercise is for intermediate level.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Core exercise 3 - Deadlift with resistance band
Got lower back pain?
Try this move to strengthen your core and back. Stay pain free.
What you need?
A medium to heavy resistance band/ a set of 3kg dumbbells.
- If you are using resistance band, loop the band around your feet or hold dumbbells in hand.
- Keep legs straight/ slightly-bent, TUCK IN your belly and bend over.
- Keep a flat back, chest up and look slightly straight ahead.
- Tight in the core and back flat, stand tall. Breathe out.
- Roll your shoulders back.
As a start, do 2-3 sets of 12-15 reps. Once you manage 3 sets of 15 reps without struggling, add more weight. Give it a try.