Alyssa has a passion for fitness and sharing her favorite tips and tricks with the world. Alyssa is a wife, mom, and coffee enthusiast.
In our fast-paced society, everyone is looking for convenience and a quick fix, especially when it comes to fitness. The truth is there are no short-cuts when it comes to achieving fitness goals. You have to be consistent and put in the work. This doesn't mean that exercise has to be a chore, however. Having fun and working out can happen simultaneously. The key is finding something you enjoy doing.
I'm a big believer in moving every day. I like to get a workout in first thing in the morning and then add in extra bite-sized workouts throughout my day. Short and simple exercises are perfect to add in to your daily routine, especially if you are super busy and can't fit a full workout into your day. Unless you are training for something special, you don't need to spend hours in the gym to see results.
Work smarter, not harder with the following suggestions. I've broken it all down by body part for easier readability. As always, please consult a physician before you start any workout program or if you have specific questions.
All About The Abs
I love working my abs every day. There is something about getting in a good ab workout that makes the day more complete and makes me feel accomplished. There are many amazing ways to work the abs. Here are some of my favorites:
- Plank variations.
- Russian Twists with a dumbbell
- Figure 8's - stand on one leg, pass a dumbbell between hands to go in a circle around your waist.
- Supine leg lifts
I also love doing standing ab work. It's a dancer based warm up that really works the entire waist line. If you aren't familiar with the movement, it can take a little time to get used to. You need to keep your hips still and engage your navel to your spine. Once you get comfortable with the movement, you can put on your favorite song and just dance. This work gives you gorgeous ab lines.
5 Moves to Work off the Muffin Top with Tracy Anderson
She's Got Legs
It doesn't matter if it's warm or cold outside, you should work your legs every day. There are so many ways to work your gams. My favorites include:
- Plié squats
- Standing side leg extensions
- Deadlifts with dumbbells
I love adding in Mari Winsor Pilates into my weekly fitness routine. I also add in leg workouts from Tracy Campoli and Simone de la Rue regularly. My secret for getting my legs in ultimate shape, though, is doing Tracy Anderson's Perfect Design Series III. The third DVD in the program includes unique leg sequences that will have your inner thighs tight and toned. You'll also see gorgeous muscle lines in your quads and calves. It's the perfect exercise program to get ready for summer or a special event.
Tone It Up - Best Booty Workout
A Nice Rear View
No one wants a droopy tush. To keep your rear view looking tight, toned, and lifted, be sure to include at least a few tush toning exercises into your daily routine. My favorite moves include:
- Side lunges
- Curtsy lunges
- Deadlifts with dumbbells
- Booty presses - on all fours, lift your bent leg up and squeeze the glutes. This move is great with a dumbbell added behind the knee.
- Attitude leg lifts
The best program for a tight, toned, and lifted booty is Brazilian Butt Lift with Leandro Carvalho from Beachbody. I incorporate a few of the workouts in my weekly routine to make sure everything is right where it needs to be. I also love Tracy Campoli's booty work videos, Body By Simone, and Tone It Up.
Best Face Forward
No one wants a double chin. As you get older, your skin starts to loosen up a bit. You might also find extra skin if you've lost weight recently or if you've gained a little weight. It's all of the above for me. I noticed a little extra around my chin area a year or so ago. I came across Tracy Campoli's double chin exercise video completely by chance. I clicked on it out of curiosity and I've been hooked ever since. She gives you a few simple exercises you can do each morning or evening to keep the skin tight around your face.
Tracy Campoli - How To Lose A Double Chin
Stretch It Out
Last, but not least is my favorite activity, yoga. All humans need to stretch. It's good for your muscles and your mind. I like to start and end my day with a little yoga. You don't need a lot to practice. If you don't have a mat, you can use a towel or blanket for a little extra padding. If needed, you can use a rolled up towel, a scarf, or a tie as a yoga strap. You can also use a box or a book as a yoga block. Put on a music playlist and do a few stretches or follow along with a YouTube video. My favorite yogi's on YouTube include:
- Yoga with Adriene
- Bad Yogi
Yoga For Flexibility | 16 Minute Practice | Yoga With Adriene
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2018 Alyssa
Alyssa (author) from Ohio on September 28, 2018:
You are very active, Bill. I don't think you have anything to worry about. That said, I'm glad you found this helpful. There's always room for improvement and winter time is the perfect time to try something new!
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 27, 2018:
I need to find the motivation to start exercising again. Perhaps the upcoming winter weather will provide that motivation. I'll hold onto this hub in hopes that I use it soon. Thanks Alyssa!