Eve's Health & Fitness

DOB: October 27 CURRENT RESIDENCE: North Eastern Oklahoma OCCUPATION: Certified Group Fitness Instructor HEIGHT:5'1"; WEIGHT:105 lbs.; BF%:14.3% bodyfat FAVORITE BODY PARTS TO TRAIN: Back, abs FAVORITE CHEAT MEAL: Mexican and any dark chocolate CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Featured as a fitness role model in Chad Tackett's Global-Health & Fitness website: http://www.global-fitness.com/ DESCRIBE MYSELF: Competitive, energetic, persistent, focused, consistent, and driven.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Get Less Giggle When You Walk

Energize and Firm Your Legs

To counteract flab caused by too much sitting, simply lie back and put your feet up. Here are two moves for firming, lifting, and shaping your rear end and thighs that employ this principle.

These lower-body toners use a stability ball and are done in a reclining position, so they're easier on your knees than squats. Keeping your legs elevated throughout each exercise also works your abs and increases circulation to energize your legs and reduce the risk of varicose veins. Do 2 or 3 sets of 10 to 12 reps of each move, 3 nonconsecutive days a week.

Stability balls cost about $20 and are available online or wherever exercise equipment is sold.

Bridge Roll


A. Lie on back with arms at sides and heels on ball. Lift hips, lower back, and midback off floor.



B. Bend knees and roll ball in toward rear. Hold for a second, then extend legs. Repeat. For more of a challenge, extend one leg toward ceiling and roll ball using only one leg at a time.

(Not recommended if you have back or neck problems.)

Corkscrew



A. Lie on back, knees bent, and place ball between ankles.

Squeeze ball and extend legs into air.

B. Rotate legs and ball to right, lowering right leg. Hold for a second, then rotate to left, raising right leg and lowering left. Hold and repeat. For more of a challenge, hold legs at a 45-degree angle to floor and rotate.

Leg Stretch



Lie on back with legs straight and heels on ball. Raise right leg off ball and grasp calf or thigh, pulling leg toward head until you feel a gentle stretch. Hold for 20 seconds and release.

Repeat with left leg.

Quick tip: For extra insurance against varicose veins and swelling, lie with legs propped up on the ball for 5 to 10 minutes a day.

Sources: Denise Austin is the author of several books including Sculpt Your Body with Balls and Bands and the host of two Lifetime Television fitness programs.
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Happy Workout!

Eve :-)

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