Saturday, January 18, 2014

What do you want? Part 1

When you start working out, your body begins to change. I haven't always liked the changes my body has made, but with some adjustments in my workouts, I am getting more rapid results in the direction I want and you can too! Here are some tips to help you navigate the path of growing your Beautiful Body.

-Do you want a smaller waist?
Eat smaller portions more often with little or no 'white foods'.
See my post What to eat when working out.

-Do you want to keep your shoulders toned and sexy, but not too buff or bulky?
Stop doing 'shoulder press' exercises, especially a with weight machines. Any kind of heavy lifting that uses an upward motion with the shoulders will create bulk. Vinyasa yoga, planks, and push-ups will give you the definition you desire.

-Do you want to perform squats for your butt, and not your legs? Are your thighs shapely enough?... Don't want to add bulk? 
Squats work the hamstrings, thighs, quadriceps and glutes. It will change the game when you focus on your butt doing all the work. If you want to tackle one area specifically, focus on using primarily those muscles while performing the exercise. Avoid using weights until you are a focused muscle-isolator.

-Want longer, leaner looking limbs?
Do yoga. Stretch. Breathe. Take time to stretch several times a week. This lengthens the muscles and prevents them for becoming bulky. Longer holds are best. Breathe deeply.

-Want toned abs?
Hit your core from as many angles as possible. Crunches are just the beginning. Learn five tummy exercises, and then learn five more. Alternate them constantly. Perform the 'wood chopper' at the weight machine, or with a resistance band.

-Triceps need a lot of work? Slack skin, loose skin?
Forget working your biceps for now. All arm work will focus around strengthening the triceps. Once they begin to firm up- then introduce bicep drills.

-Want to protect your lower back and build core strength?
Always 'engage', or pull-in your abdomen when performing any kind of exercise. When this becomes
easier to do more often, do it when sitting at the office, in your car, computer, phone, standing in line, doing dishes......


I am not a certified nutritionist, doctor or therapist. 
Please consult your healthcare professional before participating in any
 lifestyle changes you may feel are questionable to your health. 
I am not responsible for any action you resume, You are- Make it pleasurable.
© Tuesday May Thomas 2013

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