Go to Move:
CHATARUNGA (LOW PLANK) - a classic and fool-proof way to get your triceps (hello sleeveless everything!) - not to mention your core in great shape to hit the beach!
Come to a classic, high plank (high push-up) position. Firm your legs by hugging the quadriceps up towards the femur/thigh bones. Inner thighs spiral toward the ceiling. Pit of the navel is sucked in and the space between the shoulder blades soft. Shoulders should be stacked over wrists to start and arms firm and rotating so the under-belly of the elbow faces away from you.
Push forward on the balls of the feet to shift the shoulders past the wrist creases and lower half-way down. Hover here without sitting or sinking in the shoulders or the low back. Take 2 breaths - press back up to high plank - and repeat 5 times. Then drop to the knees for a breather in child's pose. Repeat the entire set 1-2 times. Work toward holding the chatarunga for up to 3 breaths and repeating the sequence 10 times! Killer upper arms, back and core muscles will follow suit to hit the beach READY! And no equipment needed - just you and your breath.
If you are sinking the center or unable to hold the pose - empower yourself to take a modification. Do all the above with knees on the floor and hands slightly behind the shoulder, about shoulder-width distance apart.
Photo: yoga instructor Chrissy Carter
Secret, tip for staying healthy:
DO what you LOVE. If you love playing basketball - play. If you love dancing, well then bust a move! There are so many ways to find health and fitness through movement that does not involve running on a treadmill, (unless of course, you LOVE running on a treadmill!) If you do what you love the chances are you keep coming back and stick to it. Find something you love to experience a clear head, a full heart, relief from stress and a healthy body.
photo:by Garance Dore
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xoxo Whitney and Brooke
The Move(s):I'm a huge fan of planks. They target so many muscles at once and are some of my favorite go-to exercises if you have limited time. There are so many great variations, and here is one of my favorites that will be sure to highlight your abdominal muscles in your beautiful bikini:Set-Up:Start in a high plank position with your wrists directly below your shoulders and your body long and straight. Keep your shoulders anchored down your back, energy reaching out your heels, and your hips in line with your body.Exercise:Pull your right knee diagonally across your chest toward your left arm and then extend your right leg straight back and to the left above your left leg. This will feel a little like a twist. Repeat 10 times. After completing these reps, reach your right leg straight out behind your body at hip level and pulse the leg up and down with small movements 10 times.Repeat everything on the other side.Tip for Staying Beautiful:I honestly believe that balance is everything. The minute we start to go to extremes to achieve beauty, we start losing ourselves in the process. I recommend taking some time in your day to schedule the things you can do to feel healthier for the day - including eating well, fitting in some exercise, getting a little more sleep (so important!) - and also making sure to schedule the fun parts, too. Make sure you schedule the glass of red wine you might add to your dinner meal, your yummy piece of dark chocolate for dessert, or your downtime watching a movie. We tend to get so caught up in crazy goals that we forget to enjoy life - and then we lose our motivation. Keep the fun and the healthy work balanced every day, and I bet you'll come to enjoy making it a regular part of your daily life.
The sad truth is, the food industry rarely has our best interest mind. It is a business like any other. The documentary Hungry For Change helps reveal the truth about the manipulation we are all victims of everyday. We must advocate for ourselves and the first part of that is knowledge! Please watch this documentary, you will thank me! I watched and have not eaten the same since and I have lost weight, and have more energy than ever before. Feel free to leave me a comment once you watch with any questions. I'd love to hear from you! Lets start a conversation about nutrition!
I stumbled upon this article about celebrity chef, Ariane Resnick, while perusing one of my favorite health and wellness websites Well + Good. I was inspired by this self made woman's story of success, through what came naturally to her,...cooking healthy, whole, and most likely very delicious food. The statement "we are what we eat" is so simply yet so true. Be kind to your body and eat more fruits and veggies. It will give back to you tenfold.
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It’s never too late or too early to get fit for bikini season:
It’s January 20th, and though most of the country has been in a Polar Vortex, the weather here in Venice Beach, CA ain’t half bad. After experiencing all 4 seasons here, I finally feel acclimated to the laid back, SoCal lifestyle, which is vastly different than NYC livin. One thing I love is the variety of fitness options in L.A. I have always been a fitness junkie, and I stress FITNESS, not a desire to be stick thin. I have muscles and I love them. Indoor, outdoor, gym, yoga, Pilates, ocean, pool, sky, bike, swing, sling, you name it there is a fitness regime built around it and beautiful weather to support it. Find what environment works for you and get moving!!
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Dream BIG and travel far! Here is my vacation bucket list. What's on yours?
- Dive with Great White sharks (from a cage of course)
- Explore The Galapagos
- Visit the Amalfi Coast
- Surf Bali, Indonesia
- Swim with a pod of wild dolphins (again....cause i actually just did this)
- Safari in Africa