We get it, chocolate is delicious and any excuse to enjoy life is fine by us. But if you’ve come off the Easter break feeling a little heavier and a little less fit, then you’re probably looking for a way to burn off those hot cross buns.
But exercise? Sometimes, yawn.
Just in time to save you from ennui, BloomMe comes swooping in with alternative work out plans that won’t let you fall asleep again. Burn, baby, burn!
At home exercises:
Waiting for your coffee/tea to brew? Standing around waiting for your toast to pop? Time to pop a squat (against a wall) and start those glutes and bum cheeks a-burning. Rest your back, neck, and head against a wall with your feet about a foot and a half away from the wall. Now, slowly lower your body until your thighs are parallel to the floor (like you’re sitting on an invisible chair). Hold for around 15 seconds at a time and release. Only stop when your kettle/toaster/whatever it is you’re measuring against is finished. Feel the burn!
For those who cannot even fathom being able to do one regular pushup on the floor (bodies are super heavy, okay?) then the bench/kitchen counter/any surface that reaches the midpoint between your knees and hips. Bench push-ups work the triceps and chest muscles, and can give you arms like Michelle Obama when done correctly. Simply position yourself in-front of your pushup bench and place your hands on the bench about one foot apart. Make sure that your shoulders are directly over your hands, and then take a few steps back so that there is now a straight line from your hands to your feet. Big breath, and lower your body down and back up again to perform a pushup. Try to do at least 10 pushups, two sets of 20 if you’re a pro, and remember to stretch before and after to avoid injuries.
Stand-up paddles boarding
A favourite for many Victoria’s Secret Angels and Brazillian tourists the world over, stand-up paddle boarding is touted to be the best workout for toned arms and a strong core. You are essentially standing up on a giant surfboard, and using a lightweight paddle to row yourself around on the water. Sounds simple, no? Think again. The workout part comes from your body stabilising on the water and from your arms pushing the oar. Be sure to load up on sunscreen and hydrate to avoid a bad time on the water.
In Hong Kong, you can go paddle-boarding out in Sai Kung, look for the Blue Sky Sports Club for bookings (it’ll cost around $500pp for paddle-boarding). If you head out and discover that summer water sports are 100% your new passion, then why not see if any of these other activities float your boat?
Bamboo Aerial Yoga
Yoga while you’re suspended from a bamboo tripod at the beach? Of course you’re intrigued, after all you’re only human (a wonderful, super groovy human at that). An alternative way to burn off those carbs but still not feel like you’re hurting all over is to discover a world of alternative yoga.
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