After all the indulging most of us did over the past two months, a few of us may notice that we have lost track of our waists. It happens. If this happened to you, your pants still fit but there is a little extra pudge around the middle. A little over-hang on top of your jeans. Something extra to squeeze. Perhaps your belt has been adjusted to a looser fit? Don’t throw on the muumuu just yet. There is a remedy for this.
First of all, move your body. It’s winter for many of us and that means it’s easier to stay in where it’s warm and cozy. But that doesn’t mean you have to be lazy. Even when I’m feeling my most homebody-est, I get down on the floor and do my Pilates mat work while watching the Real Housewives. (If all of those fake parts and catfights don’t get you riled for toning up and burning fat I don’t know what will.)
So in the interest of getting feisty with your mid-section, here is a modification of The Saw. It works wonders for your waist.
Sit on the floor with your legs open about the distance of the mat. Bring your hands behind your head. Anchor your hips down into the mat and sit up very tall using your abdominal muscles to support your spine. Inhale and twist your torso to the right, then dip your left elbow down to touch the outside of the left knee, making sure that your right hip stays down on the mat. Exhale. Roll up, sit up tall in the center, and then repeat on the left side. Do 8-10 on each side.
You can also do this standing: Stand with your feet about hip distance apart, with legs slightly turned out from the hips. With hands behind your head, stretch your body over to the right, keeping your elbows open wide to the sides. When you perform this movement, do not move your hips. Keep your body stable, moving only from the waist up. Come back up to center and then stretch over to the left. Repeat 8-10 times.
Keep in mind that you should be using both sides while performing this movement. Meaning, one side does not get lazy and collapse while the other one just stretches. Although it is a nice stretch you are working your waist so make the movements count!
Because like Brandi says (for those of you who have not filled your cultural void with this educational programming, she is from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), “I’m no wallflower...I fight back.” How does this apply to your waistline? Don’t be defeated by extra winter layers accumulated during the holidays. Fight back!