You want to know how to get a beach body, eh?
Step one: Check to make sure you have a body.
Step two: Go to the beach.
Congratulations! You now have a beach body ;-)
I’m not trying to make you feel silly for clicking on this post. It’s just that I know a title like this will grab any woman’s attention. We live in a society that makes you feel like you’re not enough and “here’s 3 easy steps to be more beautiful!” is thrown in our face constantly. It drives me crazy, but I get sucked in to it just like so many others. I want you to know that in God’s eyes, you already measure up. You always have and always will. You don’t need to change a thing! From your head to your toes, you were made perfectly in His image. Yes, even your least favorite “flaws” were meant to be embraced. With that said, is there anything wrong with wanting to look your best? No! I love to workout because it’s stress-relieving, boots my self-esteem, and keeps my heart healthy. It doesn’t matter how cute your booty is if your heart isn’t healthy.
As promised, here a few more of my favorite moves from barre. These are designed to strengthen your core, tone the midsection, and burn belly fat. From the self-discipline that it takes to workout routinely to completing those last eight reps when the burn is too much to bear…these moves challenge me mentally just as much, if not more, than they do physically. The best part is that these moves don’t take up much space, so you can do them at home in your living room, even during commercials…hint hint!
Numero Uno- Lemon Squeeze I don’t know why I call it the lemon squeeze, but in my mind this move is like taking a giant lemon and squeezing it between your chest and knees. Start with your body extended and hollowed out so that your shoulders and feet are off the ground. Press your lower back into the floor each time you open up so that your back does not arch. You can pass a ball or weight from your hands to your feet as an additional option. You will feel this move about 8 reps in if done correctly. Do 25-30 reps, taking breaks as needed. Remember not to start counting until you’re abs are already burnin’! Don’t rush through it! Quality > Quantity
Numero Dos- Drama Queen Crunches Hey, if the shoe fits… These are exaggerated crunches done with a ball behind your back. Thanks to the ball being placed approximately where your bra strap would be, you’re able to extend your upper body further back than you would with a normal crunch. Each time you crunch back up youshould exhale, push your belly button towards your spine, and pause to hold. This forces your abdominal muscles to work harder than they would with a regular crunch and your back won’t be strained.
Y Tres- Double Whammy Don’t let the name fool you, this exercise is one of the best when it comes to strengthening your core area while toning up the arms at the same time. Might as well kill two birds with one stone, right? With weights at your side, simply do a push-up, then grab one weight and open up so you’re balancing in a side plank on one arm. Each push-up should be deep, chest toward the floor, not letting your back arch. As you grab the weight and come to “T” position, really reach up and squeeze those obliques, aka: side abs. A modification is to do these push-ups on your knees, still squeezing your core intentionally throughout.
Not everyone is out to get a flat tummy or stronger abs and that’s OK. Some of you reading this are stay at home moms and are looking at these photos thinking there’s no way you can get your old body back, but I’ve seen it done with hard work and dedication. Maybe you’re feeling guilty as you think, “I can’t remember the last time I worked out…” but I assure you that there’s no good time than the present to change that! A healthy body looks different on everybody. Buddy up and hold each other accountable. Even 8 minutes a day will make a difference.
Don’t forget, you’ve already got a beach body! ;-) XO, Manda