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Maximize Your Push-Ups with These Simple Tips

By Dr. Mercola

Many people learn to loathe push-ups thanks to high-school gym class, but they are in fact one of the most effective and simplest exercises to build a strong upper body and midsection.

That is, provided you do them correctly.

An improperly performed push-up is a waste of your precious workout time, but by perfecting the technique, you can actually tweak the exercise to target different muscle groups, including not only your chest muscles but also your abs.

(Source: yogi-health)

Reblog this if you are a fitness blog.

I’m wanting to find more fitness blogs than I already follow (which is like, 2) who post more things about gaining muscle rather than losing weight.

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→ 6 ab exercises to do while standing

Start by working three or four of these moves into your regimen no more than three times a week to avoid overuse. In two weeks, try the entire routine at once. You won’t feel a burn as you do with crunches, so complete only 10 reps per set to prevent injury. Rest for one minute between sets. You’ll need a 3- to 10-pound weight.

  1. Side Reach: Stand with feet together, holding ends of one dumbbell with both hands, arms extended overhead. Slowly lean to left and hold for one count. Return to start. Repeat on right side to complete one rep. Do 10 reps. 
  2. Reverse Wood Chop: Stand with feet wider than hip-width apart, one dumbbell in both hands. Lower weight toward left foot and crouch, lifting right heel. Stand, rotate torso right and bring weight across body on a diagonal overhead. Reverse motion to return to crouching on left. Do 10 reps; switch sides; repeat. 
  3. Standing Bicycle: Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, hands clasped behind head and elbows pointed out to sides. Straighten left leg as you lift right leg, knee bent, thigh parallel to floor. Keeping knee lifted and steady, twist torso toward right. Return to start. Repeat on other side for one rep. Do 10 reps.
  4. Side Winder: Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, hands clasped behind head and elbows pointed out to sides. Lift right leg to side, knee bent, thigh parallel to floor. Keeping knee lifted, bend torso to right side, bringing elbow and knee toward each other. Do 10 reps; switch sides; repeat.
  5. Seesaw: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, hands on hips. Lift right leg, knee bent, thigh parallel to floor with foot flexed. Straighten right leg, pressing heel toward floor, as you lean torso backward. Return to knee lift position and repeat five times. Switch sides and repeat.
  6. Forward Bend: Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, arms overhead with palms facing in. Lift right leg, knee bent, thigh parallel to floor. Keeping knee lifted and arms raised, bring torso and knee toward each other as close as you can. Return to start; switch sides and repeat for one rep. Do 10 reps.

(Source: yogi-health)

→ AM Yoga in Bed with Tara Stiles

healthylivingforyou:

It was great! I loved it. Each time I re-did it I felt sleepy laying on my bed, then energized at the end! I was kind of funny, haha. But I think I have it down pretty well. :)

I’m going to try that! Also try Yoga for Bed time. I found it after watching the AM one. 

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