Take a stand to strengthen your core

Even if you don’t have a degree in anatomy or kinesiology, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist (or an exercise physiologist) to realize that very few injuries take place when you are lying on your back (unless you are an NFL player just lounging on his back on the football field and a 300-pound linebacker decides to swan dive onto you!).

This is why I never understood why the majority of core strengthening has historically been done lying face up on your back…eg all sorts of crunches.  More recently, the plank has been introduced into the mix. 

Most of us veteran instructors know that what goes forwards must also go backwards, so we’ve been doing back extensions as well as flexion (crunches) exercises for years.

As long as I’ve been teaching (almost 25 years,) I’ve emphasized the importance of “core” strengthening in a standing, moving, and twisting position as well as in a seated or lying position (side lying, supine or prone.) 

If you have a strong core, as a result of doing functional exercises like the ones I teach in a FUNIQ class, your likelihood of getting injured when you are performing “life” tasks will be dramatically reduced! 

Don’t get me wrong, we also do a variety of sitting and lying core strengthening exercises such as crunches and planks as well, which will really help improve your posture when you’re watching TV or driving your car. 

Read more here from International Dance Exercise Association (IDEA) Publications, one of the best resources for fitness and wellness professionals.

Lose that belly fat for good!

I know, I know…you're almost one month into your “new year, new you” mode and you’re getting a little antsy! Those great headlines lured you right in, didn’t they?

“Lose 50 pounds in two days!”

“Get rid of cellulite NOW, just by wishing it away!”

“Massage that belly fat right off!”

Those quick-fix headlines never seem to keep their promise, though they sure get you to buy the magazines, don’t they? 

You need to have a “Kumbaya” moment and come to terms with the fact that being fit and healthy is a lifestyle commitment and not a quick fix that will yield long-term results. 

When you read my book, Move Your Assets: From the chair, not the bank, this will all make total sense to you. 

But for now let me specifically address that stubborn “kangaroo pouch” you’ve been carrying around for years. 

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I’m referring to that belly bulge you like to show me and ask, “How do I get rid of this?”

You want me to tell you that 250 crunches per night will get rid of it…but that ABSOLUTELY will not! I say this till I’m blue in the face, but you cannot pick an area on your body where fat likes to “sit” and exercise just that area to get rid of the fat (aka spot reduction). It is IMPOSSIBLE to get rid of fat that way!

The only way to get rid of excess body fat

The only way to get rid of excess body fat is to burn more calories than you take in. And ladies, that 30-minute walk will not offset those excess calories…sorry! 

You might need to eat less (you will be surprised how many calories you are actually consuming; almost everyone is) and MOVE YOUR ENTIRE BODY (the way G-d meant you to!).

You KNOW that I’m a huge fan of moving your body up, down, forwards, backwards, side to side, picking things up, punching, kicking, bending, dancing, etc.–aka circuit training, which is what FUNIQ actually is.

Even Jillian Michaels agrees with me (and she’s a lot meaner than I am, LOL). Everything I've just said is also in this article, which you can read here.

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Are the results in?

JanuaryLast month/year I posted an article, “My secret to being 'svelt' through the holidays…and forever! My holiday challenge for you!!”

So…how did you do?? Did you cut down on those “killer” foods and stay fit and svelt??

I would LOVE to know how you made out–do tell! Share here on my website by posting a comment or email me.

Though I’m not too keen on the idea of New Year’s resolutions, I know many of you do make resolutions and have decided that 2012 is the year that you will move your assets more! Here is the one piece of advice I give (almost) everyone who wants to commit to become more fit:  

Add, don’t subtract.

It’s a lot easier to add something positive to your life, like moving your assets, than to take away something (even if it’s a negative habit) like cigarette smoking or eating too much junk. I am in no way telling you NOT to quit smoking, but you’re only human! So start moving first and feel the positive benefits–and then you will WANT to get rid of bad habits. 

I haven’t smoked in 24 years and I quit after I started taking as well as teaching aerobic classes…and I lost rather than gained weight. 

Need more encouragement? Contact me anytime at Bethannesinfo@aol.com or at 407.491.8107.

 

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