3 of My Top Favorite Moves from My 21 Day Get Your Body Back Plan!
For those of you who don’t know I have created an awesome 21 day get your body back plan, complete with three weeks worth of exercises, meal plans, recipes and daily email support.
I personally don’t know what I would do without my daily yoga and Pilates practice. I exercise more for my sanity than my vanity; but the physical results are pretty amazing. When you tap in to your deep core muscles and move from your center, you look slimmer, stand taller and carry yourself with confidence. Using your breath as you guide in yoga and Pilates, helps you connect your mind and body and focus on each move. When you put your mind in your muscle, you get better, quicker results. Good form and mindfulness are key!
The beautiful thing about yoga and Pilates, is that they are portable and can be done anywhere and anytime. You can even do them on the floor when your babies are playing. Here a few sneak peak moves from each week of the plan.
Our glutes are key to movement. The gluteus maximus is the biggest muscle in the human body, by volume. Our butt supports our back and works in unison with our core. Whether your a new mom or deskbound, it is so important to strengthen and work our bum.
KICK BACK LIFTS – Wrap a band around your foot (or just do the kickbacks if you don’t have one) Press the heel back and bend and extend the leg for 20 reps. Next bring the foot to the floor keeping the leg extended lower and lift the leg for 20 more reps. Repeat on the opposite side.
If there is one movement you can learn from yoga, it’s a sun salutation. Sun salutations warm the body up, utilize every muscle group, tones the arms, legs and core and act as a moving mediation, You feel focused, energized and strong any time you do a few sun salutations.
SUN SALUTATIONS – Start standing, swan dive the arms up, then swan dive forward. Lunge your right leg back then step in to plank. On an exhale lower in to chaturanga. Inhale to upward facing dog and exhale back to downward facing dog. Hold 5 breaths then step the right foot forward on an inhale. Left foot forward on an exhale. Inhale up to stand and exhale arms to the sides.
Twisting is such an important motion and essential for keeping our spine healthy and core strong. Our obliques act like a corset for the body. When you perform a twist in side plank, you’re working the entire core and obliques at once. I love this exercise and you’ll feel and see results immediately.
TWISTED OBLIQUES – In a side plank, twist only the upper body as you reach your arm underneath you and leave the legs and hips in the exact position. Repeat on the opposite side.
If you signed up for my plan, please let me know in the comments below. If you have questions feel free to reach out to me as well! My mission is to help moms and everyone feel and look their best and be happy, healthy and strong.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!