This month, we’re talking muffins. No, not that beloved blueberry muffin you had for breakfast yesterday… the muffin-top around your middle! Who doesn’t hate that pudgy flesh that tends to escape over the top of your favorite pair of jeans? Never fear, my friends. May is all about MELTING that muffin-top. Say NO to sugary muffins and say YES to this monthly workout calendar! Print it out, hang it on your fridge, and get to work!
Standing Elbow Crossover – Stand straight with legs hip-width apart. Place your hands behind your head near ears with your elbows out to the sides. Lift your left knee, while twisting and lowering your right elbow to your knee. Don’t pull on your neck or fold your elbows in. Return to starting position and repeat for right knee, left elbow.
Starfish Crunch – Start by laying flat on your back. Extend your arms and legs out to form an “X” with your body. Simultaneously lift one arm, as well as the opposite leg. Touch your shin or ankle, or just come as close as your flexibility allows, exhaling while you crunch. The arm/leg not being used should stay on the ground. Inhale and return to your starting position. Repeat on opposite side.
Leg Drop – Lay flat on your back with your legs extended long, arms straight by sides, palms down. Raise both legs up towards the ceiling, while breathing in and engaging your abs. Exhale and lower your legs until they are just a few inches from the floor. It’s very important that you keep your back pressed firmly to the floor during entire exercise, do not let the small of your back lift up. You can also squeeze an exercise ball in between your lower legs while doing this exercise.
Bonus! Perform side bends while you brush your teeth each morning and night. Stand straight and engage your core. Bend to the left as far as you can, without twisting your upper body. Return to starting position and repeat on the right. Repeat for two minutes while brushing your teeth!
Elbow crossover and leg drop totals are the amount to be performed on EACH SIDE. For the starfish crunches, s= seconds m= minutes. That is the total time you perform that exercise.
Rest days are provided every five days to give you a chance to let your muscles recoup. As with all of our monthly workout calendars, these daily exercises are intended to supplement your current fitness routine. If you are finding the totals too hard to achieve, break it up into smaller sets through your day. Challenge yourself, but not to the point of injury. As with any fitness routine, consult with your doctor prior to starting!
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The hashtag we will be using as we tweet, Facebook, and pin how we are melting our muffin-tops? #meltmuffintop