Still want to participate in barre class while everyone else is exercising their abs and low back? Below are some ideas for exercises you can perform while the rest of the class is crunching, lying on their backs or even lying on their tummies. I recommend choosing 3 or 4 exercises you will perform during what would otherwise be idle time. Pics included.
-Knees under hips and hands under shoulders (table top)
-Inhale bringing gaze forward
-Exhale rounding chin to chest and pressing weight into hands
-Knees under hips, hands under shoulders (table top)
-Extend opposite arm and leg, while maintaining a long spine and neck
-Reach forwards and backwards with your extended limbs, while maintaining square hips and shoulders
Oblique Reach with Ball:
-Place ball on the small of your back, near the top of your pants
-Keeping shoulders out of ears, reach side to side
Standing Oblique Crunch, Leg in Full Extension:
-Stand parallel to the barre (profile), with the fingers of your outside hand placed loosely on the back of your head
-Keeping your inside knee slightly bent draw your outer thigh and elbow towards each other
-Be sure not to press your head forward
Standing Oblique Crunch, Bent Knee:
-Same set up as above
-Draw your knee and elbow towards each other
-Be careful not to press your head forward
Modified Side Plank Raises:
-Stack all joints, and bend bottom knee into a 90 degree angle
-Lift and lower bottom hip
-Can be done with or without your bottom knee bent, with feet stacked or staggered
Our next blog post will cover how to modify barre exercises when the weight of your belly becomes too great to perform frequently performed barre exercises comfortably.
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I often try to get my fix of indulgent desserts and meals, without the calories and hard work that come along with making beloved comfort dishes. Many times my attempts to marry healthy and rich fail. This attempt worked, so I thought I’d share it with you.
2 bags frozen broccoli, preferably organic
1 carton low sodium organic chicken broth
4 cups organic 1% milk
1 cup parmesan cheese
½ yellow onion chopped
½ red onion chopped
5 garlic buds chopped
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Boil 1 bag of broccoli, onions, garlic, and chicken broth in a large pot . When all the ingredients are well cooked, allow the contents of the pot to cool. Once cooled, place the mixture into a blender and add milk to blend. Return all contents to the pot, add a ½ bag of broccoli, salt and pepper to taste, amd parmesan cheese. Slowly bring your soup up to temperature.
I’ve been craving banana cream pie lately, so I settled on this satisfying and healthy alternative this morning.
- ½ cup Grape Nuts
- Teaspoon Truvia
- ½ Banana
- Tablespoon Walnuts
- ¼ Skim Milk
Directions: Chop up your banana into bite size pieces. Throw all your ingredients into a cereal bowl. Enjoy!
Dessert Option: If you really wanted to enjoy this recipe as a dessert, I suggest substituting your milk for whipped cream, layering your dry ingredients into a bowl, starting with your bananas, and topping them with your whipped cream and nuts.