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Movement Monday: Standing Abs Challenge Check In & Green Beans

When the garden knocks…you answer…immediately.

The best time to preserve anything – whether canning, freezing or drying – is 24-hours within picking. Or sooner, if possible.

Waiting means the freshness and quality of the food is being compromised (tomatoes has been the only exception to this rule that I use simply because you want them to be as ripe as possible and that sometimes means having to wait a touch).

And what’s the point in putting in all the work if you aren’t going to have a high quality and fresh final product?

Yesterday before it warmed up I got out into the greenhouse and did a harvest.

Tomatoes and green beans galore!

Shortly after I set to work getting 8 pints (the max my pressure canner can hold at a time) of green beans canned and on the shelf for winter eats.

If you’re interested, here’s a post on how green beans come to be a delicious treat long after the garden is gone for the season.

It’s time consuming but oh-so worth it!

In other news…I wanted to check in with those who outreached either via the comments on the blog or personal message on FB with interest in the Standing Abs Challenge (<– link to challenge).

How are y’all doing?

Admittedly, I started off strong and have already fallen off the plan (weekends when there’s a lot going on KILL me!).

So I have some catching up to do.

As I mentioned previously, if you miss a day, you be the boss of you and figure out how you want to address those missed days.

Maybe you skip them all together.

Perhaps you double up a couple days until you’re caught up.

Another option is to exercise through rest days until back on track.

I’m for sure going to make up all the missed reps but haven’t quite decided if I’m going to double up or work through rest days.

If you didn’t jump in on Sept 1st, you’re still welcome to join the fun. For those who’ve started already….I’m interested to hear how you are doing…and if you did anything fun over the weekend. Shout out below!

And have a beautiful Monday!

Movement Monday: S is for September…and Standing Abs

I came across this standing abs workout many years ago in a magazine (Women’s Health Magazine <– you can find the workout posted online at this link, which includes a video of the moves in case pictures just aren’t your thing).

Intrigued with the idea of taking crunches off the table as part of an abs workout, I tore out the page.

Not because I have anything against crunches per-se.

But because crunches alone don’t give the whole core a good workout.

And because sometimes I simply just don’t wanna with the crunches.

I’ve come back to it time and again over the years.

I’m feeling the need to add a little somethin’ to my strollin’ the baby through the neighborhood routine, and in the spirit of sharing, I thought I might invite you to a Standing Abs Challenge for the month of September.

(September is just around the corner, if you can even believe it. I’m still in denial but attempting to push through…)

It’s simple – just follow the exercises per the reps/sets schedule.

We’ll start off slow and increase over time. Starting on Sept 1st!

If you miss a day, you be the boss of you and decide how you want to handle that.

Some suggestions:
1. Skip that day and keep plugging along with the workout as per schedule
2. Work through a “rest day” to catch up
3. Double up the following day to get all the reps/sets for the 30 days in

You also be the boss of you and make a decision on the amount of weight you are going to use (and maybe you start off with one weight and adjust).

One disclaimer: I am not an exercise science professional, nor am I a physician. I’m sharing both the exercise moves as well as the ‘schedule’ from other sources (Women’s Health Magazine, and Popsugar.com) and inviting you to join me as I take one step further in increasing my active lifestyle that I’ve been absolutely transparent about being a struggle for quite some time. You should use your judgment about what you can/can’t do as far as exercise is concerned in your life, and consult your physician if you have questions about your health and exercise.

With all that said, who is ready to join me?

Here’s the schedule:

And the moves (remember, these need to be done on each side):

Seriously, if you’re up for joining, give me a shout in the comments section below so I know if I’m going this alone (with is totally okay) or if there are others out there I can cheer along and check in with along the way!!

Oh, and before I go, chances to register for your chance to win some free trail mix are running out! See this post for how to enter!