How to Reduce Your Belly Fat by Ab Workouts

Exercise to Reduce Belly Fat Have you been looking out for a flat and well shaped stomach? It is something that makes you look fit. You cannot depend on the regular workouts that you may be performing regularly. Working out with the abs is considered to be one among the most complicated things that you can do while working out. One thing that you need to remember while exercising is that hard work and determination always pay back. This can be thought about in almost every aspect of life. Have you thought about the right way that will help you reduce that fat pouch that you carry around your belly? Are you bored of taking up the same old exercises that are not actually helping you reduce belly fat? Let us talk about a method that will help you adapt to a few exercises that are effective and can easily fit into your daily workout routine. These include a few Abs exercises along with the regular cardio that you may be doing. You will need to first jot down the daily planner and decide the activities that you will perform on that day. A rough schedule that can be followed for the same is as follows: Monday: Abs and Cardio Tuesday: Cardio Wednesday: Rest Thursday: Abs and Cardio Friday: Rest Saturday: Abs and Cardio Sunday: Rest If you take a closer look at the schedule, you will realize that it is just 3 days in a week that you will actually need to work out with abs. This has to be done compulsorily with cardio on the same day. There are two days allotted for cardio and two days complete rest. You can design a similar plan by keeping these things in mind. Let us now move on to the exercises that you will need to perform.

  • The Hipless Crunch:  If you wish to make this easier, you can rest the calves on a chair and extend the arms along the sides.Concentrate on your abs and make sure that your chin does not tough your chest. Stop it when you feel that you cannot lift your head, neck or shoulder any longer.

    1. But, if you want to increase the intensity of the workout, you can try extending the legs straight up.
    2. This is a variation of the commonly done crunches. All you need to do is perform it without the support of the upper body and the lower body. You will need to first lay down on your back. Raise your legs from the hips and bend them downwards with your calf parallel to the ground and feet relaxed. Band your stomach and pull the upper back, head at about 30 degrees off the ground. Place your arms crossed on the chest and your hands on the shoulders. Repeat this for about 25 times.
  • Reverse Crunch without hands:  You can ease this workout by placing your hands on the sides or increase the difficulty by straightening the legs when they are lifted.

    1. Focus on contracting the abs and not the back or the legs. Continue doing it until you cannot lift your legs without a jerk and your head and shoulder become tense.
    2. Hands at the sides are of great support while we are performing crunches. Let us make this a little tougher. Lie on your back and extend your hands upwards. Hold something strong or heavy up there. Lift your legs as much as you can. Keep them there for a while and then lower them slowly. This can be safely repeated up to 21 times.
  • The Side Plank:  If you wish to make this exercise easier, you can bend the legs a little and touch the bottom knee and the side of the lower leg to the ground. To increase the difficulty level, you can simply straighten your left arm into the air.

    1. Stop when you’re back, shoulder or neck hurts and when you cannot keep your body straight.
    2. An important thing that we need to think about while shaping the abs is that they should be cut off from all sides. Thus, side planks are important. Lie on your right side, with the elbow on the ground and in line with the shoulder. Stag your legs and place your left hand over your hips. Slowly lift your body so that it forms a diagonal line that is balanced on just two points; the feet and the elbow. You can hold this position for about 19 to 20 seconds. Repeat it thrice on each side.
  • V Crunch:  If you want to make it simpler, you can think of holding the sides of the thighs or even increase the intensity by carrying dumbbells of 3 to 5 pounds while exercising.

  1. You can stop this exercise if you feel you cannot lift your chest any more of your back starts paining.
  2. This is a crunch that can be done by dimply balancing completely on the tail bone and the hands running sideways and the legs lifted up. You will also need to lift your upper body. You can perform about 11 repetitions per set.

These are the four main kinds of crunches that you can perform to make sure that the workout is effective. The cardio that is mentioned here is the regular one. You only need to make sure that you add in these crunches that will surely help you shed that extra fat off your belly. One thing that you need to remember while performing all these crunches is that you need to inhale when you lift and exhale when you lower. This is in fact a proven method that has helped many people to get rid of this unwanted fat. You can try it too. Just remember, you need to be dedicated towards all that you may have planned. Reference Link: http://sdpharmaceuticals.com/news/five-ways-stay-fit-work/


Workout Wednesday Link Up #42

Hi everyone!  I am so excited about this week’s Workout Wednesday Link Up.  Not just because we get to blog hop to each other’s blog and read your amazing posts but Sheila and I want to start having THEMES each and every Wednesday just to change things up.

Of course, if you don’t want to follow the theme we still want you to party with us so don’t sweat it, but if you do, you can find each and every week’s theme here:  http://femmefitalefitclub.com/workout-wednesdays-link-up/

This week’s theme is:

Throwback Wednesday – share a post at least one years old with us.

We hope you enjoy this update and we look forward to reading all of your fabulous posts and visiting each and every one of your blogs.

Stay fit and have fun!


Welcome to this week’s Workout Wednesday (WOW) Link Up!

Brought to you by your hostesses 

Diatta Harris | Femme Fitale Fit Club and Sheila Simmons | The Frugal Exerciser.

 

Workout Wednesday Link Up co-hostesses

Joining us are our co-hostesses:

Amanda | Eat Hard Work Hard, Jenn of Comeback Momma, and Natalie | Mean, Green, Clean Eating Teen 

Link up co-hostesses

They have really cool blogs full of their fitness adventures so stop by there, read some posts, leave some comments, share and subscribe of course so you constantly receive their latest and greatest blog posts.  We are very happy to have them co-host this Workout Wednesday link up party with us.  You can also check them out on the social media scene.

Amanda | Blog | Twitter | Instagram

Natalie | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Jenn Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


We just created a new WOW Pinterest Board where you can also PIN your post pics for more reach. WOW Pinterest Board Make sure you follow the board and let me know via email (diatta@femmefitalefitclub(dot)com) so I can add you to the board so you can start PINNING to the WOW Link Up group board. Add your blog to my fitness and running directory here and follow the ones already posted. blog-directories Share this TWEET and invite your other BLOGGER/VLOGGER friends to join the party.


I truly enjoy this part of our link ups because it is so fun highlighting quality blogs.  This week we are highlighting AmyC of Running Escapades.  Run on over to her blog, check it out, comment, share and subscribe.  She also has a new Instagram challenge going – you won’t want to miss it.

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Congratulations  AmyC

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2.  Post our badge on your site so folks “hear” about our weekly link up 3.  Leave no more than 2 links to your blog, Facebook or YouTube post or video using the link up tool/button below 4.  Invite your like-minded friends!  We love finding and reading new blogs so spread the word so we can increase the size of our parties every week til we make the walls sweat!!!!  I told ya we party hard!  :-) 5.  Use hashtag #wowlinkup when you comment on someone’s post so they know how you found them 6.  Last but definitely not least, HAVE FUN!  This IS a party.

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Featured Fitale Lauren Lake of Paternity Court

Lauren Lake of Paternity Court

FFFC:  Please introduce yourself to our readers (i.e. your name, occupation, hobbies, etc.).

LL:  My name is Lauren Lake. I’m a wife, mom, attorney, life coach, author and judge of Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court. When I’m not helping families on Paternity Court, I love to spend time with family.

FFFC:  What’s Paternity Court about?

LL:  Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court is a talk show/court show hybrid that uses DNA evidence to help families resolve issues related to paternity.

FFFC:  What prompted you to make this your career choice?

LL:  When I was contacted by the show creator, David Armour, he said he wanted to do a court show that helps families resolve paternity related issues.

He wanted the show to be entertaining and empowering and felt that I would be the perfect judge. Not only because of my nearly two decades of experience as a family law attorney and television legal analyst, but because I’m so passionate about inspiring, motivating and empowering people to overcome obstacles and live their best life.

Making A Difference 

FFFC:  How do you manage your busy schedule and healthy living?

LL:  I try to incorporate lots of fruits of vegetables into my diet. I eat lots of snacks like hummus and veggies since I’m always on the go. It’s a struggle. I’m a self-professed foodie and Atlanta is a foodie town. I’ve learned how to graze throughout the day, eating smaller amounts of food with my biggest meal being lunch.

FFFC:  I hear you like to try vegan recipes – what is one of your favorites?

LL:  I love vegan pancakes. I make those for my son. My vegan collard greens are amazing!

FFFC:  What is your favorite fitness activity?

LL:  I like hiking, Zumba and any dance oriented fitness class. I love jumping rope, too.

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FFFC:  Do you typically work out alone or with family or friends?

LL:  I’m so busy that I have to squeeze in time to workout so it’s usually on my own but I love having a workout partner.

FFFC:  What do you typically eat for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner?  How did your eating habits change? 

LL:  For breakfast I usually have a green drink or a smoothie of some sort. Lunch is usually my biggest meal. I have a salad with some kind or protein. I also like soup for lunch. Carrot sticks are my favorite snack. I usually eat very light for dinner. A small salad, veggies and hummus. My snacks are usually hummus and cucumber, yogurt and banana with peanut butter.

FFFC:  What do you do now to maintain your physique?

LL:  During shooting I can’t make it to a lot of my fitness classes so I focus on getting a great run/walk in. While I’m walking, I use hand weights and mix in some lunges, push-ups and dips on a park bench. I like to train outside.

FFFC:  How did you develop and sustain the willpower to avoid the bad stuff (i.e. junk food, bad drinks, lack of activity, etc.)?

LL:  The truth is, I really don’t avoid anything. If it’s something I want, I eat it then commit myself to working out extra hard. I also like to share my food with other people. That’s one of my little tricks, especially since I eat out so much. I give myself three, guaranteed cheat meals a week. Friday night, Sunday brunch and one day of my choice, I allow myself to eat whatever I want.

FFFC:  What general tips do you have for the average woman balancing family, career with health and fitness?

LL:  Figure out what works for you and it may be something different everyday. Some days you can make it to the gym. Some days you may just be able to go outside and walk. Other days, you may just be able to do, what I call, “The Fit 500″. It’s 100 push ups, 100 sit ups, 100 dips, 100 squats and 100 jumping jacks. 

FFFC:  What do you think is the biggest misconception about healthy living?

LL:  That it’s always something you hate. A lot of people don’t reach their fitness goals because they’re trying to do activities that they don’t like doing. It’s not always like working has to be a chore. The times when I’m most physically fit is when I make it a point to engage in forms of exercise that I really enjoy.  You don’t have to be in the gym for two hours. You just have to hit it hard. You can’t play around. You have to be serious and get your work out in.

FFFC:  Do you have any fitness inspirations?  Who are they?

LL:  I am inspired by working moms and busy women that still make time to train for things like marathons. That’s something I’ve always said I wanted to do but I haven’t had the chance to do it myself. When I see them doing that, I know I can make the time for a quick workout.

FFFC:  What new projects do you have coming up?  Tell us all about it.

LL:  Lauren Lake’s 100 Laws of Living, inspirational and empowering CD and of course season 2 of Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court. 

Real People, Real Truths

FFFC:  How can readers learn more about you and your show?

LL:  Visit www.paternitycourt.tv to learn more about season one shows (which are currently airing) and the launch of season two. Visit

www.laurenlake.com to learn more about what’s going on with my book, cd and other Limitless Living projects.


Why I Don’t Want To Run Long Distances

Why I Don't Want To Run Long Distances

I have no desire to run long distances further than 6 or 8 miles.  There I said it.  I might sound like a sourpuss and may not be considered a “true” runner but that’s just how I feel about it.  I love running.  Don’t get me wrong.  I don’t dread it like some folks.  I used to enjoy it more on the treadmill but once I took it outside on a regular basis last year – I have been hooked.

Running outdoors is definitely where it’s at.  Doing it with friends is even better.  BUT…that’s about where my love for it ends.  I enjoy doing 3 miles roundtrip.  I will even do 5 miles roundtrip.  It’s all good to me.  The furthest I have run is 6 miles.  No particular reason – I have just never run a route further than that.

Now, I have several friends who are half marathoners, marathoners and everything in between.  I admire them so much for their strength and discipline.  I say discipline because you don’t just wake up one day and run a half marathon.  You have to train for that bad boy and it takes weeks and weeks on end to train, even if no one wants to train with you – you still have to train for it.

I read an article recently that sort of backed me up on my lack of desire to run long distances.  It can be found here:  http://fitnessandhealth365.com/running-might-shorten-your-life-span/ but it talks about how too much of a good thing can shorten your life span even long distance running.

Excerpt:  According to The Huffington Post, studies have shown that “people who run more than 20 miles a week or at an average pace of 7.5 mph or faster are more likely to have shorter lifespans than those who run slower over shorter distances.”

I believe where this post is going is this:  running long distances is hard on the body.  Running marathons is NOT a game – it is taxing.  To run extreme distances day in and day out week after week is tearing down the body at a faster rate than running shorter distances more often so the end result could be a shorter lifespan.

With all of that said – that article isn’t even a driver for my lack of motivation to run long distances.  I simply do not see the need.

1.  I don’t want to run a distance that is uncomfortable on foot but very comfortable in a motorized vehicle

2.  I am deathly afraid of some of the injuries I hear some distance runners encounter from time to time

3.  I don’t have the motivation to train hardcore for those distance races

I know if I put my mind to it I could do it but I am not compelled.  I want it for others who desire it but I don’t want it for myself.  In this world of fitness too many times people measure their own success, tenacity, perseverance and strength against someone else’s measuring stick except their own.  In this world it is really only YOU against YOU.

Be sure that whatever goal you set for yourself in fitness, you are doing so on your own terms, for your own purpose and to prove nothing to no one but yourself.

Peace!

What fitness activity do others love that you simply are not that excited about doing yourself?


What’s In The September 2014 POPSUGAR Must Have Box

Disclaimer:  This post contains affiliate links.

Do you want to know what’s in the September 2014 POPSUGAR Must Have Box?  Were you that kid who always snooped around the Christmas presents underneath the tree, finding the packages with your name and picking them up, turning them over and shaking them to figure out what was inside?

Did you hang around the present table at your birthday party as your guests arrived handing you present after present and you almost couldn’t contain yourself because you wanted to dive right into opening them and have the party later?

Well the tribe at POPSUGAR is giving all of us a sneak peek at their much anticipated September POPSUGAR Must Have Box.

September 2014 POPSUGAR Must Have Box Scarf teaser alert

From what I can see these Tilo Scarves ($125 value) are perfect for fall.  Looks like we’ll be able to dress them up or down and the designs and colors are beautiful.  Oh I can’t wait!!!

The POPSUGAR Must Have box is one of the best values out there.  The monthly subscription is $39.95 and they contain well over $100 worth of full-size products.

If you want to see what was in one of their past boxes, check out my unboxing video of their June POPSUGAR Must Have Box.

This is one of the best subscription boxes around.  For a limited time, get $5 off of your order by clicking this or the image above.  ENJOY!


POPSUGAR Must Have Subscription Box

POPSUGAR Must Have Box

 

We here at Femme Fitale Fit Club are all about our fitness but don’t mistake it – we love being women, feminine and all the privileges that come with it.  I recently reviewed an amazing subscription box by POPSUGAR called the POPSUGAR Must Have box and I have been so thrilled with it that I am dying to get another.

Some of the main reasons why I love this box is because for only $39.95/month you get over $100 worth of products ranging from household, makeup, food and of course FITNESS.  Not only that – they are FULL SIZE ITEMS!!  That is definitely my absolute favorite part of this subscription box.

If you want to try this out for yourself then order you one or 5 using my affiliate link:  http://popsugar-must-have.evyy.net/c/100589/137737/2706

Trust me when I say you will NOT be disappointed.  Once you order,  let me know by stopping back through here and leaving a comment of what you think of it.  Being fit doesn’t mean we don’t also like being pampered.  This subscription box definitely provides products for pampering.  ENJOY!

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Julienne Peeler Giveaway Blogger Opp

 

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In The Gym with Buffie the Body

Buffie the Body

FFFC:  Please introduce yourself to our readers.

BC:  Hi! I’m Buffie Carruth also known as Buffie the Body. I’m the owner of Bodynomics.com, a health and fitness site for women.

FFFC:  How did you get started in fitness?

BC:  After leaving the hip hop industry, I decided I wanted to help females stay in shape and live healthier lifestyles. So I became a CPT through the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2012.

FFFC:  How do you balance making time to get in your workouts with the demands of your career and personal life?

BC:  There won’t be a career or personal life if you lose your health! So I always make staying healthy and fit a priority.

FFFC:  How would you characterize your body type?

BC:  Full-figured, flat tummy and nice arms. I exercise regularly but never considered myself the athletic type.

FFFC:  What is the biggest misconception about your body type?

BC: I’ve been called “overweight” because my BMI is not as low as some health experts think it should be. I was never considered overweight until I became a part of the fitness industry.

FFFC:  What is your favorite exercise routine?

BC:  I love lifting weights and using my own  body weight to build strength.

Buffie the Body

FFFC:  What do you consider the most useful workout equipment?

BC:  Dumbbells, jump ropes, barbells and a bench.

FFFC:  What general tips do you have for the average woman trying to balance family, career with a fitness lifestyle?

BC:  If exercising is not priority in life you will continue to make excuses to not to engage in it. You have to decide what’s important. Unfortunately, being fit and healthy is still not important to some of us considering the statistics on diabetes and heart disease.

FFFC:  Do you have any words of wisdom to share with our readers who struggle with poor eating and drinking choices and habits?

BC:  I don’t have the best eating habits but I’m consistently taking steps towards a better diet. I haven’t completely avoided the things I love to eat, I just try to eat less of it and more of the right foods.

FFFC:  What is Bodynomics?

BC:  A health and fitness website with tons of videos showing women how to properly exercise and get in shape.

FFFC:  What would you say is your biggest career accomplishment to date?

BC:  Starting my own fitness company to help others.

FFFC:  Who is your fitness inspiration?

BC:  Myself…

FFFC:  Do you have any new projects or programs you would like to share with ur readers (i.e. DVDs, tours, challenges, shows, etc.)?

BC:  I have a lower body DVD that was released in 2013 entitled “Grade A Glutes”. My newest ab DVD will be released in September 2014 called “HourGlass Abs”. More info can be found on www.bodynomics.com/shop

FFFC:  How can our readers find you on the web and learn more about your programs and services?

BC:  http://www.bodynomics.com/


Workout Wednesday Link Up #41

On vacation

I’ll be back next week in full swing but in the meantime ENJOY this week’s Link Up!!!!!

Have fun, meet some new friends, and subscribe to each other.  CIAO!


Welcome to this week’s Workout Wednesday (WOW) Link Up!

Brought to you by your hostesses 

Diatta Harris | Femme Fitale Fit Club and Sheila Simmons | The Frugal Exerciser.

 

Workout Wednesday Link Up co-hostesses

Joining us are our co-hostesses:

Amanda | Eat Hard Work Hard and Natalie | Mean, Green, Clean Eating Teen 

Link up co-hostesses They both have really cool blogs full of their fitness adventures so stop by there, read some posts, leave some comments, share and subscribe of course so you constantly receive their latest and greatest blog posts.  We are very happy to have them co-host this Workout Wednesday link up party with us.  You can also check them out on the social media scene.

Amanda | Blog | Twitter | Instagram

Natalie | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Jenn Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


We just created a new WOW Pinterest Board where you can also PIN your post pics for more reach.

WOW Pinterest Board

Make sure you follow the board and let me know via email (diatta@femmefitalefitclub(dot)com) so I can add you to the board so you can start PINNING to the WOW Link Up group board.

Add your blog to my fitness and running directory here and follow the ones already posted.

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Share this TWEET and invite your other BLOGGER/VLOGGER friends to join the party.


Let’s party!!

Disclosure:  Regardless of which blog you post your link, it will display on Femme Fitale Fit Club,  The Frugal Exerciser, Eat Hard Work Hard, Comeback Momma, and Mean, Green, Clean Eating Teen blogs. 

Simple Rules:

1. Follow, Like and/or Subscribe to your hostesses and co-hostesses:

2.  Post our badge on your site so folks “hear” about our weekly link up

3.  Leave no more than 2 links to your blog, Facebook or YouTube post or video using the link up tool/button below

4.  Invite your like-minded friends!  We love finding and reading new blogs so spread the word so we can increase the size of our parties every week til we make the walls sweat!!!!  I told ya we party hard!  :-)

5.  Use hashtag #wowlinkup when you comment on someone’s post so they know how you found them

6.  Last but definitely not least, HAVE FUN!  This IS a party.

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$200 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

200 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Welcome to the $200 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

We’ve joined forces with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you this fabulous giveaway. One lucky person will win a $200 Amazon Gift Card.

Hi Fitales!!!  I’m participating in another awesome giveaway and I hope one of my loyal readers wins.  As you can see we are giving away a $200 Amazon Gift Card so imagine how much fitness gear you can buy with that?  If you win I want to see you sport your winnings!  In order to have a chance to win you must get in it so enter below and complete as many entries as your heart desires.  The more entries you complete the higher the probability you will win.  Le’GO!


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