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Fab Abs work out plus 5 ingredient treats the kids will love!

Whilst we all try to adjust to the new routine of staying indoors, it’s important that we keep focusing on our physical and mental health. Making sure we’re eating well, getting regular exercise as well as keeping ourselves and kids occupied with fun activities is our main priority. Sure, it may take a bit of planning but we’re here to help with that!

So today, treat yourselves to a yummy no-guilt treat (the kids can help), get in a quick abs work out (the kids can join in) and a fun little activity for the kids to do!

RECIPE OF THE DAY

5 Ingredient Frozen Coconut Ice Chocolate Treats

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No one wants to deprive themselves of yummy treats, especially when we’re all stuck inside. These lovely little morsels of deliciousness are only 75 cals each and are made with only a handful of ingredients. It’s a treat the whole family with love, without any guilt attached! Get the kids involved and make a batch today!

Get the full recipe here

WORK OUT OF THE DAY

Fab Abs Work out for a flatter tummy

This is a quick and easy work out done almost entirely whilst laying on your back. You just need a  yoga mat or towel to lay down to get your abs whipped into shape. This can be a quick workout on its own or a great finisher after some cardio or strength work out. See below for work out options.

FAB ABS Work Out with Nathalia

This workout is done almost entirely whilst laying on your back so get your yoga mat, a towel or something similar out and lay down to get your abs whipped into shape.

Toe Touch

These are great for strengthening abs, lower back and hips!!

Laying on your back lift your  legs up and raise your arms engaging your core and abs in an effort to touch your toes. The aim isn’t to touch your toes (although this might happen if you have that flexibility) it’s to work your core and ab muscles.

Do 10 reps

Scissors

Work your core muscles, glutes and quads! Make sure you stabilise yourself before activating your abdominals to reduce the strain on your lower back!

Next, you lower your legs to a 45 degree angle, with your arms flat by your side, engage your core to maintain your legs in that position whilst you criss cross your legs over each other in a scissor like motion.

Do 10 reps.

Bicycle Crunches

This is the best ab exercises you can do!! Why? Because it also reaches your deeper abs and obliques which will tighten your tummy! When performing these you need to twist through your core so the opposite arm comes towards the raised knee. Don’t focus on touching your elbow to knee, instead focus on your core movements!

Do 10 reps total.

Leg Raises

These are a great way to work on a wider variety of your abdominal muscles!! They are a great option for those that find pressure in their back during traditional crunches.

Putting your legs back in the air, lift your bum off the ground remembering to take care of your back by focusing on your core muscles and not lifting your legs in a way that causes your upper back to lift off the floor.

Do 10 reps total.

Mountain Climbers

These are an incredibly efficient compound exercise. A full body workout with just one exercise!! Building up your cardio endurance in a fun way PLUS your core strength, and agility. It’s important to keep your core engaged and your lower back straight as you bring each knee forward, that means butts in the air!

Do 10 reps total.

WORKOUT OPTIONS

    • 40 seconds on and 20 seconds off for each exercise for 3 rounds
    • 1 minute on each exercise for as many rounds as you have time for
    • 15 reps of each for 4 rounds

ACTIVITY OF THE DAY

Plant a herb garden

Gardening tools and plants on land

It’s really important for the kids to have little activities to look forward to, especially if they’re trying to do school work during the day. This does not need to be overly complicated but will give them a break from school books or the telly! Herbs are really easy to grow from seed, requiring little patience as some sprout in a matter of days!

All you need are:

  • Herb pots (if you don’t have a patch of soil in the garden)
  • Potting mix
  • Selection of seeds or seedlings (cress, rocket, basil, chives, coriander, mint, and parsley)
  • A small garden shovel
  • Watering can

You might even find that your children want to try out the herbs that they plant. They can even watch them as they grow, helping them to understand the lifecycle of plants.

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Rhian Petch

Rhian is a busy mum of three from Sydney's northern beaches. With a strong background in editorial and research, she has a passion for writing. When she's not managing content for The Healthy Mummy, she can be found either kid wrangling or cooking, usually both at the same time.