July 3, 2012
As I have mentioned once, twice or ten times before, it is important to take care of your body with exercise and nutrition. While plastic surgery can help take care of problem areas, make a commitment to be dedicated to your fitness following the recovery period post-surgery.
If you’re looking for some simple toning exercises to do, try these on for size:
Toning the tummy: Call it what you want – spare tire, muffin top, love handles – these can sometimes be problematic if you don’t keep up your regular workouts. Here’s a toning exercise from Fitness Magazine to keep the tummy trim:
- Stand with your feet hips-width apart, keep your elbows bent and your hands in loose fists next to your chest.
- Bend your right knee 90 degrees as you bring it up in front of you to hip level.
- Press your right heel forward, foot flexed, as you lean your torso back slightly until the right leg is completely extended at hip level.
- Bend your right knee to 90 degrees again as you straighten up your posture.
- Repeat push kick without lowering right leg to ground.
- Do 6 to 10 reps. Switch sides and repeat. Do 3 sets per side.
Shaping the glutes and thighs: One of the best exercises to tone the butt and thighs is the walking lunge. Not sure about the specifics of the lunge. Livestrong gives these steps to get tight thighs and a toned derrière:
- Find an area where you can walk for at least 10 lengthy steps in a row.
- Stand with arms at the sides holding dumbbells. (To make it easier, leave the weights to the side. Add them when you’re ready to step it up.)
- Step forward with the first foot and lower the body, flexing at the knee and hip, until the knee of the rear leg is almost touching the floor.
- Stand on the forward leg and lunge forward with the rear leg.
- Keep alternating legs two laps for one set.
Getting the flappers fit: All About You suggests some arm-toning exercises that can’t be beat, and you can do them anywhere.
- Sit on the edge of a chair or the bottom step of the stairs and move your feet out in front of you.
- Balancing on your arms, move your bottom in front of the chair/step.
- Bend your elbows and lower your body a few inches, keeping your shoulders down and away from your ears and your elbows parallel to one another, going no lower than 90 degrees.
- Push back up to your starting position.
- Repeat 12-15 times. If you want to make it harder, straighten your legs.
Now, get to toning. Your current and future you will be glad you did.