The Pretty Workout is Not Idleness

My cat left me a smiley face! Eat, rest & be happy -a cat's motto.

My cat left me a smiley face! Eat, rest & be happy      -a cat’s motto

The Pretty Workout

August Summer 3 Issue

By Mary Lou Preston

The Pretty Workout is Not Idleness

          The googled definition of idleness is disinclined to work or be active; lazy.  The googled definition of lazy is unwilling to do work or use energy. The googled definition of couch potato is a person who spends little or no time exercising and a great deal of time watching television. Well, do I have an exercise for you!  It is a pretty workout exercise you can do even while watching TV, and this exercise will be the bridge to connect or, I want to also say, erase, any idleness from your mind on how to schedule your pretty time.

          The Glute Bridge is a resistance exercise for the glute, core, quads and hamstrings. Begin by relaxing on the floor or choose a comfortable mat.  Rest comfortably on your back.  Slowly bend legs, and rest feet flat on mat.  Gently place arms alongside body with palms facing down.  Take a deep breath, inhale, relax, think pretty thoughts, exhale slowly and watch you TV show.  With a count of 8, slowly raise glute off mat, shoulders, palms of hands and feet are gently pressed in contact with mat. Stop raising glute at point when knees and shoulders are aligned, like a straight board.  Hold glute and squeeze contracted glute muscle for a count of 8 while exhaling and pressing abs to lower back. Slowly, with a count of 8, lower glute back to mat. Rest a second and repeat glute bridge for your pretty workout level of fitness.

Glute Bridge Pics

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/glute-bridge-with-knee-squeeze

http://sassyfitgirl.com/bridgeexercises

http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/photo-gallery/7102627/image/7102638/Glute-Bridge-Marching

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/glute-bridge-with-triceps-extension

Rest info

http://www.livestrong.com/article/374066-how-much-rest-between-workouts-for-muscle-growth/

http://www.mensfitness.com/training/build-muscle/importance-rest-periods

http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Should-You-Exercise-When-You-Sore-18180506

           The “pretty must be” fit tip is to incorporate rest time into your pretty workouts.  Rest is important!  Rest times in between your pretty workout sets, and in between your pretty workout days are not idleness.  A synonym for idleness is inactive.  Rest is important and an active time for the muscles to repair, grow, strengthen, tone and to reenergize for your next pretty workout.  If rest time is not incorporated into your pretty workout routine, injury, fatigue, and even disinterest will appear because you will not see results.  In order for the results to happen, REST in needed!  So, you want to see your pretty workout results, right?  Schedule your rest times in between sets, exercises, and your pretty workout days, and this will allow your muscles to repair, grow, strengthen, tone and reenergize !  You will be happy with the pretty workout results!      

A “Pretty Workout” Quote

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” -John Lubbock

From my heart for your heart,

Green Garden Flower Fit Girl

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