Losing weight has been a life long journey for most women. We hear about a new diet or a new workout that promises to deliver results almost everyday. Here are my new slim 3S’s that work for me…
I found that my diet has to be simple for me to stick to it for a long time. Most people don’t have a nutritionist or a cook to prepare what they eat. Our diet has to work for us in a quick and easy way. For me, counting calories is easy. I don’t count it to a tee but the counting process keeps me conscious of what I put into my stomach. The other thing I do is eating lots of fruits and vegetables. If you want to be really hard-core you can eat more vegetables and less fruits. Fruits have sugar in them whereas vegetables are calorie free. Find out what works for you in a simple way so that you are able to do it consistently.
Swan Workout 天鵝運動
Natalie Portman rocked her leading role in the movie Black Swan. Now everyone wants a ballerina figure! Thanks to my dear friend Lily who shared this workout on Facebook’s Purty Talks a few weeks ago. The swan workout gives you long lean muscles like the ballerinas have. Here are the moves:
Ballet dancers are known for having incredibly strong, lean legs. This ballet exercise targets the inner thighs, back of the legs, core and butt to help anyone get a ballerina’s lower body.
How to do it: Lie on your back with your stomach pulled in, knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Straighten your right leg, toes pointed up toward the ceiling. Keep your stomach pulled in tight as you lift your hips off the floor, trying to keep your knees together. Lower your hips until you’re not quite touching the floor and then lift again. Complete 30 reps with one leg and then repeat on the other side.
作法：躺在你的背部, 縮小腹，膝蓋彎曲，雙腳平放在地板上。伸直你的右腿，腳尖朝上向天花板。嚴格的保持小腹縮著，抬起你的臀部，膝蓋盡量放在一起。慢慢放下臀部可不要完全碰地，然後再抬起。 30下，然後重複另一側。
A tight, toned ballerina butt not only helps you look amazing in your jeans, but it can also help prevent injury.
How to do it: Start on all fours, making sure that you have plenty of cushion beneath your knees. Bring one knee into your chest and then extend the leg straight back into arabesque, keeping the knee very straight. Pull in through your stomach and lift your leg high toward the ceiling. Repeat 30 times, and then change legs.
Abs Exercise 腹部運動
For a ballerina, the center of balance is everything. That’s why ballet abs exercises serve a dual purpose: They flatten your stomach while strengthening your abdominal muscles—the foundation of your balance.
How to do it: Lay on your back with the arms open wide in second position, knees slightly bent. Pull your stomach in as you lift your upper body, bringing your arms overhead to first position (creating a circular frame around your head). Focus on keeping the stomach pulled in as you lower and lift again. Repeat 30 times.
Perfect posture and graceful, toned arms are classic qualities of a ballerina’s upper body.
How to do it: Sit on the mat with your legs extended straight out in front of you and hands just behind your hips, fingers facing out. Lift your hips up off the mat as you stretch the elbows, keeping the chest open and the neck long. Pull the stomach in tight and bend the elbows slightly. Lower and lift your hips by bending and stretching the elbows, keeping the stomach strong and hips elevated the entire time. Repeat 30 times.
Essential Stretch 伸展基礎
Stretching keeps the muscles long and lean, so it’s an important part of building a ballet dancer’s thin body shape.
How to do it: Lay on your back and lift one leg straight up. Use your hands to pull the ankle gently toward your head. Work toward stretching your knee all the way straight over time. Repeat on the other leg.
It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to do all the moves. I guarantee that your muscles will feel being worked with each one of the moves. All the moves target the specified areas. Remember your posture when you do these moves. I think these moves are great for toning and shaping the body.
Shape-ups by Sketchers 球鞋
I am lazy. What I can do more efficiently I go for it. This is why I bought a pair of Shape-ups. When you wear the Shape-ups they make you feel like you are walking in the sand. They claim to help you tone your muscles, burn more calories and improve posture. I can feel my legs and buttocks getting toned when I walk. I’ve been wearing my Shape-ups for about a month now, usually when I walk my pug or do grocery shopping. I lost 1 kilogram over the month without any special diet or workout. This is a great buy for lazy people who want to lose weight more efficiently.