March 10, 2014
5 Best Lower Ab Flattening Exercises + ED Awareness on Social Media Sites!
Today is Spring Fling Cardio Tuesday on the #MIGHTYMARCH Calendar (click here to see today’s workout) and I am seeing so much hard work and dedication from you guys. You make me so proud! Ever since I added in the “Before and After” section on the Blogilates App, I can truly see that you are first hand making the changes necessary to sculpt the body and life of your dreams. It’s not easy to do, and I applaud you.
Today I present to you my 5 best exercises for flattening your lower abs! After years of teaching you hundreds and hundreds of ab moves, I decided to narrow it down to my favorite 5. Some are classic, some are new. Here they are:
1. Lower leg lifts
2. Heel Clicks
3. Reverse Crunches
4. Cheerleader L’s
Watch the video above to do it with me now! Or head over to YouTube to see what other POPsters are saying about this routine. So far the consensus I’m getting is that it’s short, sweet, and oh so painful (in a good way).
Now onto something quite interesting…
Did you know that when you type in “skinny” on instagram, this advisory warning pops up?
Did you know that when you type in “thinspo” on Tumblr, this shows up?
Did you know that when you type in “thigh gap” on Pinterest, that this shows up?
I love the fact that these hugely influential social media sites noticed that there really is a rampant spread of unhealthy ED messages on their platforms and that they are actually stepping in to do something. I like that. When you have power, use it to do something good. Don’t look blindly to one side and let it happen. Do something about it. Help people.
Now there’s 2 sides to this:
1. Great! This will help young girls understand that having an ED is a problem and that they need to seek help.
2. These messages further alienate people with EDs, making them feel unwanted and ashamed of themselves.
I can see the argument on both sides, but I think the greater evil is not doing anything about it. So I applaud these companies.
I see a lot of girls and young women fall into the fitness-for-vanity trap or dieting-for-vanity trap. Their motivation is driven by a need to get thin to look like the models they see on covers and in the media. It’s not their fault. It’s just a misguided portrayal of beauty. A lot of these models are photoshopped so in some cases, these “coveted” body types are not even possible. It’s the powerful influence of the fashion and beauty industry and our young women’s impressionable views of body image.
Some people are born naturally thin. Some people have to work hard to achieve a certain body type. Some people will never be able to look thin because their bone structure and metabolism won’t allow it. Thinness should not be the goal. The goal should be health, strength, love, and confidence.
1. Health – This is your wealth. Your life. Without this, you cannot do anything.
2. Strength – To be able to continuously grow every day and become a better person than you were yesterday. Become better and stronger to help move and lift others.
3. Love – Because what is a life without love and care for people or creatures who can love you back? Love yourself first and your body will listen (and love you back too!). Hate your body and it won’t want to gain muscle or lose fat. It’ll get stuck. It’ll be stubborn. It’ll rebel.
4. Confidence – Because believing in yourself will help you succeed. It starts from within and glows on your skin of PURE and REAL beauty.
Focus on bettering yourself every day and you will sculpt your body and your life to it’s best potential. That’s the key word…your own BEST POTENTIAL. Not someone else’s. Yours.
Stop obsessing about thigh gaps and bigger boobs. Start loving yourself so that you can succeed at what you’re meant to be #1 at.
We are all put on this earth to contribute something different and great to our society. You must look inside yourself, find your passion, and live it out!! You’ve got this one life…so do what you love!!
Hope you have an amazing start to your week!
PS – You will notice that when you type “thigh gap” on Pinterest that my “How to Get an Inner Thigh Gap” printable will show up. That’s something I made about 3 years ago when I first started blogging and when someone asked me how to tone their thighs and get a gap. I thought it was the new “How to get 6 pack abs” or “How to get rid of your muffin top” craze. Thigh Gaps weren’t even “a thing” back then. So I made the printable for the people asking for it and well, now it’s floating around the interwebs. Probably not the best titled printable, but the exercises are still a great way to tone your inner and outer thighs. So just wanted to put this message out there in case someone sees it and gets confused as to what my intentions are!