Monday, May 18, 2009

Buff like Michelle

The annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner buzzed with fashion and laughter last week. But, the highlight of the night for me was the obvious joke made by the President about his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama: ” “She has helped to bridge the differences that have divided us for so long because no matter which party you belong to, we can all agree that Michelle has the right to bear arms.” I believe that it is safe to say that at that very moment every woman in the room (and later, in America) thought to herself: "Man! How does she do it?" As for myself, I was miraculously inspired to get toned up and here is how: No weights required. 1. Squat thrust with push-ups The First Lady is said to be a devotee of this challenging move. Squat down, placing hands flat on either side of your legs. Kick both legs out behind you so you end in a push-up position, with your weight supported by your hands and toes. D0 1 push-up, then jump legs back up under your torso so that you are in a squat position again. Repeat 5-8 times.

2. Triceps dips Sit just off the edge of a sturdy chair, wrapping your hands around the front of the seat, with your legs extended straight in front of you and your heels on the floor. Lift and lower your body 8-10 times. Don't hunch over (you can bend your knees if it's too hard). 3. Planks Get on your forearms and toes. Keeping your neck aligned with your spine and your belly tucked in, hold this position for as long as you can (you should be straight as a board from your knees to your shoulders).

- suggested workout by celebrity trainer Kathy Kaehler in Instyle magazine.

Sleeveless tops, sleeveless dresses, sleeveless pyjamas, you name it, here I come! Join me.

Just a thought...

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in other; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."

- Audrey Hepburn