Everyday Inspirations


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Working out in front of the tv
Don't worry Ash, it's a pun, not a typo. Don't waste your time watching TV, waist your time. It's that time of year where all your favorite shows are nearing their season finale and you're at the edge of your seat to see what happens. There's no way in hell you will miss an episode Grey's or Lost for this week's Pilates class at the gym. Sure, you could watch it later on your DVR or online, but you need to know NOW! But you know what else is coming? Summer. If your summer consists of anything in the range of swimsuits or shorts it's time to get that butt off the edge of your seat and onto the floor. This isn't a new idea, but how many of us do it? Here are some of my favorite TV watching exercises.

Twist Crunches
body parts: abs and back
Lay on your back with your feet bent at a 90 degree angle on the floor and your hands behind your head. Lift your right elbow to your left knee then reverse left elbow to right knee. Repeat 3 sets of 15 crunches each way. 

Leg Lifts
body parts: legs and love handles
Lay on your right side with your right hand cushioning your head and left hand on your hip. Bend your right leg while extending your left from the floor and lifting it sideways as high as you can hold the extension comfortably without rocking. Do 2 sets of 20 lifts on each side.
body parts: legs, arms and butt
Kneel on your hands and knees with your body parallel to the floor. Extend you left arm in front of you and your right leg behind you parallel to the floor. Bend your arm and leg in toward you body (knee toward your tummy and arm toward your heart) and extend back out parallel. Repeat 2 sets of 15 on each side.
Leg Drops
body parts: lower abs, back and legs
Lay on your back and hold onto the edge of the couch. Lift your legs so they are straight up, perpendicular to the floor. Lower them down slow and controlled as far as you can go while keeping your back on the floor. Without letting them touch, raise them back up to a 90 degree angle. Repeat 2 sets of 10.

Tricep Lifts
body part: arms
Find the edge of your chair again and place both hands grabbing the edge back behind you. Walk your feet out and lower your body using your triceps. Repeat 3 sets of 10. 

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