Talk Takeaway: Fitness with Angela Parker

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 11:45am

Fitness expert Angela Parker teaches us a variety of exercies that you can do in your living room.

Couch RoundHouse Kick

For this move, you're going to stand behind the couch. Stand with your legs apart and place all of your weight into your legs. It's important that during all of these moves, you keep your stomach tight so you can work your core. Pivot on your right and kick up your left leg over the back end of the couch – placing your leg back on the floor.  As your leg kicks out with each round house, you're slicing fat off your midsection. This move works your thighs and core too.


Couch Push-up

This is low impact; we're going to use the back of the couch for support. Put both arms out directly in front of you. Place the palms of each hand on the side of the couch where it is sturdy. Come up on your tip toes. Remember to keep your stomach tight. Slowly lower down until your chest is near the top of the couch. Press into your palms and push straight back to where you started. You're going to do this while remaining on your tip toes. This will work your arms and shoulders.


Coffee Table Dips

In these coffee table dips, we're going to get low. Position your body so your front is facing away from the table. Squat down with your legs about a foot apart. Position your hands shoulder width apart. Place your palm on the table, while keeping your finger tips off the table. Make sure you don't grip the edges! Straighten out your arms and keep a little bend in your elbows in order to always keep tension on your triceps and off your elbow joints. Slowly bend at your elbows and lower your upper body down towards the floor until your arms are at about a 90 degree angle. Once you reach the bottom of the movement, slowly press off with your hands, and push yourself straight back up to the starting position.  This move will tone your triceps.


Ottoman Superman

Here, you're going to lay flat on your belly. Lift both your arms and legs like you're Superman flying through the air. Stretch your body in both directions like someone is pulling your arms and legs in opposite directions. Lift your arms and legs about 5-6 inches off the ground (or as far as you comfortably can) and then back down, returning to starting position. For this move, you're working your core, back and abs. 


Chair Raises

Stand behind the chair with solid support on both your legs. Griping each side of the chair pick up the chair using your shoulders and core, stand tall and pull in your stomach. Slowly float the chair while both hands are directly in front of your shoulders. This move will depend on the weight of the chair you use at home. This move works your back and belly.


Pillow Squeeze with Squat

Stand with your feet together. Place the pillow between your knees and hold tight so the pillow won't fall. Place your hands together in front of your heart. Slowly squat down while squeezing the pillow between your knees as if your about to sit on a chair and hold for as long as you can. Because of the pressure you're putting on your inner thighs, this will cut down on fat and build muscle. This also works your core and balance.

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