Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Forget Pilates . . .
If you really want to strengthen your core muscles, get a baby to be your personal trainer. The most suitable age range is 3-5 months. Once babies learn to roll they don't like to lie around on blankets with lazy adults. If you don't have an appropriately-aged baby on hand, follow the simple instructions below for a full body workout:
Lie on your back on a blanket.
Bicycle both legs in the air while simultaneously rotating ankles. Continue for several minutes. Every ten or so bicycles, pause (keeping both legs in the air) to flap both arms. Rock side to side--not quite rolling over--several time and repeat entire back routine.
Lie on your stomach on a blanket.
Lift all four limbs off the blanket as well as your head and flap all four limbs wildly for several minutes. Return hands and feet to floor and push upper torso into "cobra" position. Hold for several minutes. Repeat entire routine.