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Fall is coming and I’m bored with the gym. I am still walking but the falling temps will slow that down soon enough.

On the lookout for workout alternatives, I have some interesting finds 🙂

Yoga or Pilates – forms range from gentle to more vigorous workouts; reduces stress; builds overall strength, flexibility, and improves posture; develops core; can burn a lot of calories.

Hula Hoops – adds variety and a little fun to a workout; is great for the core; is considered low-intensity for most; light hoops cause you expend more energy and so are better for aerobic exercise; weighted hoops move slower allowing you to work out longer and burn calories. Cinch that waist!

Belly Dance – develops feminine grace; improves posture and overall muscle tone most especially the abdominals; depending on intensity, can burn a pretty decent amount of calories.

Burlesque – adds spice and boosts confidence; includes lots of stretching for increased flexibility; corrects posture; promotes core stability; and is considered low intensity. Now this looks fun!

Want to appear thinner and more confident in the space of seconds?

Simply maintain good posture.

Make a quick check. Stand with your back against a wall. Your upper back, bottom, and the back of your head should be touching the wall. And, your ears should be over your shoulders, and your shoulders over your hips.

If you’re out of alignment, just imagine that you’re connected to the ceiling by a string from the top of your head. You must hold your head high, stretch your neck up, and allow your shoulders to fall naturally. As your spine stretches up, lift your chest (up, not forward), tilt your pelvis under, and your abdomen in.

Practice makes perfect 🙂

Dance, and most any exercise which strengthens the back and abdominal muscles, will not only increase fitness but will also improve your posture.

Benefits of correct posture

Improves your image –  Correct posture instantly removes several pounds from your appearance and gives the impression of alertness and self-confidence.

Encourages proper breathing – Slumping decreases lung capacity.  The body requires oxygen in order to perform properly. The more air your take in, the more oxygen your entire body receives to perform optimally.

Maintains a healthy alignment of the body – When the bones are properly aligned, your muscles, joints and ligaments can work as nature intended. And when your vital organs are in the right position, your body can function at peak efficiency.