Becoming the Domesticated Diva

Finding my inner homemaker… one flub at a time!

let’s tone those arms!

Today we’re talking about toning up those arms!  I mean, no one likes to see their upper arms flap more than their hands when they wave – do they??  🙂

So let’s try these!  You know all those cans of food you have to put away after hitting up the grocery store?  Well, grab two of them and do some bicep curls!  Stand with your legs shoulder length apart, holding a can in each hand, wrists facing up.  Then, while keeping your elbows close to your sides, curl your arms up towards your shoulders.  Repeat about 15 times on both arms – doing 2 or 3 reps.  Next, keep your arms upright (like the stopping point for your bicep curl), twist your arm so that your wrist is now facing outward away from you and drop your arms back down to your sides.  Repeat as you did the bicep curls.  This will work both sides of your upper arms to help firm and tone.  🙂

Next, try holding a gallon of milk and a gallon of tea (or some other beverage) in each hand.  Lift each gallon jug about waist-high and then lower – you should feel it in your back.  If you don’t buy anything buy the gallon, maybe grab your laundry detergent and bleach – just make sure they’re approximately the same weight.  This will strengthen arms and help tone back muscles as well!  🙂

Try these few exercises and let me know how it goes!  I’ll have more ideas for you Saturday before another survey!  🙂

Happy Good Friday everyone!  🙂

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who wants a flatter tummy??

I do, I do!  That’s right readers – today’s quick and easy exercises will work your abs!

These exercises are perfect to do while brushing your teeth, in between commercials or waiting on dinner to cook!  Generally, I’d say 2-3 reps of 10 (or 15) will be a great way to start.  Now, you won’t be getting extreme results from any of the exercises we’ve discussed right away, but they will help you work off the calories of that piece of chocolate cake you just ate.  🙂  (You thought I didn’t notice, didn’t you? 😉 )  But keep on keeping on and you will notice a difference in the way your favorite jeans fit!

The first one to try is torso twists.  The best thing about these is that while you think you’re just sorta dancin’ – you’re actually working your internal and external obliques; a def plus!  First, suck in your tummy (you know, how you would  if a very attractive person walked by…), then twist left to right.  Make sure to keep your feet planted and only move your middle section.  This will help whittle your waist in no time!

Next, try standing side bends.  Much like the torso twists, you wanna suck in your tummy – but this time, bend left and right.  Only bend as far as you can without moving your legs.  You should feel the stretch on down your sides – armpit to waist.  I find that if I bend backwards that also helps to stretch the muscles on top of stomach as well.  This exercises primarily works your obliques, but also helps strengthen your lower back as well.

And finally, the best exercise for a flatter stomach?  LAUGHING!  Talk about working those ab muscles!  🙂

So take a look at this funny I found – and work your way to a thinner you!  🙂

Leave me some love (comments) and let me know how your exercising adventures are coming along!  🙂

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hey.. nice legs ;)

Yep – that’s what you’ll be hearing after this week’s quick and easy exercises!  🙂

Yesterday we worked ankles and calf muscles – today we’re moving up to thighs and butt.  One of THE best exercises for both of these are squats.  And the best time to do squats??  When you’re blow drying your hair!  To do a great squat, you want to make sure your thighs are almost parallel to the floor, making sure your knees don’t pass in front of your feet.  To get even more of a bonus, try doing the squat and then raising your heels so that you are standing on the balls of your feet. Hold for a few seconds before returning to your original position.   Try alternating a regular squat with one of these – 2 or 3 reps of 10.  Most mornings you can do those reps before your hair is even dry!  🙂

Another great exercise for those thighs and butt – lunges!  Everyone once in a while, walk around your house – putting away laundry, straightening the living room, making the bed – and alternate your legs into a lunge position.  (See picture below)  By walking around doing these alternating lunges, you’re really working your legs, while doing things you normally would have done anyway – quick AND easy!  🙂    Just be sure you don’t let your “down” leg hit the floor!

Try those and let me know how they work!  Remember, if you can spare 10 minutes of your day doing squats, lunges, ankle rolls – whatever – while doing something you were already doing anyway, how can you NOT stay in decent shape??   🙂

Happy exercising ladies!

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you want fitness?

Well here ya go!  You voted and I’m answering – this week’s topic is quick and easy fitness!

I thought we’d start from the bottom and work our way up.

Our first point of focus will be ankles.  Ankles you say?  Yep, ankles!  Ankles get weak if not regularly worked, and weak ankles can lead to dangerous falls older in life.  The good thing is working out your ankles is a fairly easy thing to do.  I like to try to do it while I’m brushing my teeth or standing in the closet trying to decide what to wear for work.  (Cause we all know that usually takes a good few minutes of our morning, doesn’t it ladies?? 🙂 )  Basically all you have to do is rotate your ankle in a circle.  Start clockwise and rotate about 5-6 times and then move on to counterclockwise.  Once you’ve done a few rotations in both directions, move on to the next foot.  Thats about all it takes.  You basically want to make sure that you’re working those muscles in your ankle that don’t normally get much attention.

Now lets talk about those calf muscles!  We all know that calf muscles always look a million times better in a pair of heels – but we’re usually DYING by the end of a long workday wearing them.  So I say we work those muscles and stick with flip flops a few days a week (and still have killer calf muscles!)  This is a great exercise to do while folding laundry or making dinner – quick and easy.  Start by raising up on the balls of your feet, heels a few inches off the floor.  Then lower your heels back to the floor, not quite touching, hold and raise back up.  If you can work in 2-3 sets of 10 of these a day, you’ll have some great looking calf muscles in no time!  🙂

Here’s an easy demonstration video!

Tomorrow – we’re moving on up!  More tips to come!  🙂

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