Good morning! I didn’t mean to disappear from the blog yesterday, but a rest day was much needed. Thanks for checking in today!
So… life gets crazy. Scott and I spent the weekend in Chicago, and we didn’t return back home until the mid-afternoon yesterday shortly before I needed to get right to work. Between dining out and skipping workout days, it’s no secret that travels can easily knock you off track from working on your fitness goals.
Whenever I’m on the road, I try and find a balance between unwinding and staying on my path towards an overall healthy lifestyle. There is always room for indulgences, but at the end of the day, it’s important to keep my goals in the back of my head.
While I don’t focus on when my next workout will be, I will throw in a quick run or start my day with a series of exercises from time to time.
Here are some of my go-to moves that target the abdominals.
You can do them anywhere from your hotel room to a state park!
Feel free to take a short rest between sets. This would be a great circuit to complete after a cardio session, or even while you’re at home watching television!
• leg lowers
This exercise is also known as double leg lifts and targets the abs and lower body.
Start by sitting on a mat and roll down until your back is flat. Keep your feet close with a slight space. Squeeze your inner thighs together, tighten your core, and think about pulling your belly button into your spine to avoid arching your back or lifting it off of the mat. Slowly lower the legs down while squeezing your glutes, and only go as low as you can without straining your back.
Return to your starting position and make sure your knees never lift back past your hips when lifting the legs back up. Repeat for 15 reps.
• spiderman plank crunches
Start in a straight arm plank position with your hands under your shoulders and feet hip width apart. Keeping your core tight, lift your right foot off of the floor, and swing your right leg up to try and touch your knee to your elbow. Slowly reverse the movement by lowering your leg back to the starting position.
Repeat, but on the next repetition, touch your left knee to your left elbow.
Continue back and forth for 10 reps per side.
• bent knee bicycle twists
Sit on your mat with your knees bent and feet on the floor. Lean slightly back without rounding your spine. (It’s pretty difficult to keep your back straight, but try your best!) Place your arms behind your head and keep your elbows wide. Think of pulling your belly button into your spine and twist all the way to the left.
Simultaneously lift the left leg off of your mat and get your right elbow to your left knee. The movement is relatively small, but you are rotating your rib cage from side to side with each rep.
Complete 10 reps per side.
• butterfly sit-ups
This exercise is also called diamond sit-ups.
Start by lying on your back and bring your legs into into a butterfly (or diamond) shape by pressing the soles of your feet together and keeping your knees wide. Reach and extend your arms overhead.
Slowly lift to curl the torso all the way up, then reach forward. Slowly lower back down to your starting position. This is one rep.
Repeat for 15 reps.
• elbow plank side taps
Start in an elbow plank position with your forearms shoulder-width apart and elbows under your shoulders. Keep your abdominal muscles engaged and legs straight. Keeping your pelvis stable, reach your left leg out to the left, gently tapping your toes on the ground.
Bring your foot back to the starting position and repeat the same movement with your right leg.
Complete 10 reps per side.
CALIA by Carrie Underwood
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I hope you enjoy the workout and these exercises. Have a great Tuesday!
This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of CALIA.
Disclaimer: Although I am a certified personal trainer, I am not necessarily your personal trainer. The workouts I post are what work best for me, and might not be the right type of exercises for you. I always recommend consulting a doctor or health professional before making changes to your diet and/or fitness routine. <3