Sunday, 23 December 2012

Monday Moves: mama's tummy time

Megan Fox had her baby this year. Three months later she is back to her business of showing off her oh-so-gorgeous self.

'look at me, I'm so gorgeous'

And then there's me. Staring at my screen and wondering 'why is this not me?'
I know why; cause I haven't been working hard enough. 
So today I have made a pre-new year resolution to look as stunning as the lady above (and buy that outfit too, to prove so).

Here's an easy exercise I've started in my routine which perfectly fits in during my baby's tummy time. I call it 'mama's tummy time'
Officially termed the 'mountain climbers', the oblique motion 

  • builds cardio endurance
  • develops core strength (targets glutes)
  • tones triceps, thighs and abs

Preparing for Action!

Place hands on floor, shoulder width apart, and assume the plank position (similar to a push-up, only that arms should be extended perpendicular to the shoulders). Wrists, elbows and shoulders should be aligned.

Extend back your legs straight, resting your lower body on your forefeet.

Support your core by pulling your belly button in towards your spine. Maintain the contraction throughout the course of the exercise.

Bring your right leg inwards towards your chest, resting the foot on the floor (as shown in the picture below).

Alternate leg positions by jumping up and switching legs in the air, pulling leg towards your chest and resting your foot on the floor.

Continue alternating the feet, progressively increasing the speed.

Continue the routine for 30 - 60 seconds, working up to 2 minutes progressively.

For a detailed demo of the exercise, here's a video of a lady who takes her workout very seriously (you go girl!)


If you are a beginner and complaining of back and/or shoulder pains, you can support your upper body against an elevated plain instead of lying on the floor.

Instead of making a complete foot-to-foot alternation, start by pulling one leg inwards and tapping your foot and then pushing back the foot to its initial position (where both the legs are straight). Do the same with the other leg, with double tapping of the same foot.

It doesn't matter if your baby's amused by what her mommy's doing jumping her hips in the air. Keep reminding yourself of the skin-tight green dress that's just waiting for you in Megan Fox's closet 


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