Working those butts, hips & thighs

I have struggled with the exercise part of this month’s Monthly Challenge. (And a little with the water part since I have was traveling and drinking a lot of beer. But I am back on track with the water intake.)

Travel usually makes it difficult for me to keep up with healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise.

While I was at my hotel in Austin I got to the gym a couple of times and made sure my exercises focused on butt, hips and thighs.

I learned my lesson while in Dallas and have decided for now it is not a good idea for my knee to run.

(I need to try glucosamine and get that in my system before I try the running again. According to Wikipedia, glucosamine is marketed to support the structure and function of joints and the marketing is targeted to people suffering from osteoarthritis.)

While I was in Austin last weekend I did a quick walk with an incline on the treadmill for about 30 minutes, then lunges with biceps curls, squats while holding extra weight and dirty dog while lying on my side, which is described in this Continue reading

Squats, lunges & water for May’s Monthly Challenge

One of the things that stuck with me with last month’s challenge was that a few mentioned they liked that it could be done at home. I know for a variety of reasons people can’t get to a gym or yoga studio.

I will do my best for future challenges to make it accessible for most. But, of course, you are always welcome to adjust to challenge for yourself accordingly.

Since summer is upon us, let’s prepare for it.

Exercise: Let’s work those thighs, butt and hips. We can work these body parts with squats, lunges and a variety of yoga poses.

Usually I like to give a number–do 500 or 1,000 a week. If you want a number, try to get in a 1,000 squats, lunges, any other exercise or yoga pose to work those areas each week. If the number idea doesn’t work for you, let’s just focus on those areas.

Nutrition: We roughly need at least 64 ounces of water a day. Another way to look at it is you should have half your body weight in water. For example: If you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water a day. If you aren’t … Continue reading

Learning about my sway back, core

On a day when I can sleep in, which is usually 6:30 a.m. Yes, 6:30 in the morning is sleeping in for me. How sad …

Anyway, Fridays I normally work from home. So I usually just roll out of bed and turn on the computer and work.

Today I got up about 5:45 and headed to the gym for a 6:30 a.m. hard core class.

Will pushes us pretty hard. But he never gives you a hard time if you take a break or just can’t do something. He will come over and correct you or give you an alternative.

The last 10 minutes or so of class we do ab work. In a lot of the ab exercises my back can only handle so much and I just can’t continue with the discomfort in my back.

So I asked him about it after class. I mentioned my weakish core (no matter how much yoga and abs I do I still don’t have a super strong core), my back issues, like my kyphosis, which is a curvature of the upper spine, and my sway back, which Will told me today is called lordosis and he also … Continue reading

Working out with friends

Tonight I hit my regular gym, In-Shape City, and worked out with Jenn, Monica, Pam and Pam’s daughter, Isabelle.

We did about an hour of body conditioning with arms, some step ups on the step board, squats, lunges, glutes and abs.

We did these crazy butt exercises, which we have done in class before. They are always so painful while doing them and then I never “feel it the next day.”

One is called the dirty dog and the other is hip extension. I feel like my butt is gonna fall off (I wish it would) and I want to cry.

I realize as I list the various exercises we did many were focused on the butt. That is where I need the most work. After that is thighs and hips. And then abs.

It was a good workout and it was fun hanging out with the girls. I hope this becomes a regular occurrence.

I have been trying to get more abs and weights into my workouts. My main focus is cardio and then yoga.

Weight loss and fat butts

I did a weigh-in yesterday. Lost 1.6 pounds. I had planned to count my calories the past week but quit after breakfast on Day 1. But I was careful about what I ate and was conscious of my consumption. Apparently that made a difference. (I was surprised, too, since I didn’t get to work out as much as I would have liked last week–2 days of yoga and a night of dancing.)

One of my friends on Facebook posted a link to a story titled Fat Butts May Be Healthy. It’s an interesting read. No matter how much weight I lose I will always have a big butt and hips.

Bootylicious

I just read an article giving tips on making your butt tighter and firmer. (I hate the word tush and refuse to use it, even though the article does.)
I dislike squats and lunges, but that is what works for the firmness.
All of the exercises seem pretty good, except for the jumping lunges. Those seem a little dangerous, especially for a klutz like me.
But I will let you be the judge: Look Divine From Behind.
I write this as I am having my night snack of fresh cut strawberries with a little Splenda sprinkled on them. Yummy!