The plank, hover, front hold, abdominal bridge... A loved child has many names, as the old Finnish saying goes. Whether you love or don't love doing the plank, you can't argue with the amazing effect it has on your body. It primarily strengthens your abdominals, back and shoulders but depending on the way you do the movement it can also actually strengthen your whole body. You also don't even need to hold the plank for very long for you to start feeling the effect. However some people seem to be crazy about the movement and have spent over 8 hours in an elbow plank. I guess that's one way of spending your day.
Friday, 3 March 2017
A week in the city of superlatives has left me in awe. I did and saw things I've never experienced before and learned a lot both about Dubai and myself. That's exactly why traveling is so amazing: it opens your eyes to new things and at the same time you get to reflect those new things on yourself. I thought I'd share some of my thoughts on Dubai and why it's definitely a city to be visited at least once in a lifetime.
Saturday, 18 February 2017
I'm off for a little winter break in Dubai in a couple of days. I'll definitely be vlogging the trip and as usual I'll try and be as active as possible on social media, so make sure you follow me on Twitter and Instagram (@wellemmaa). Although this week has acutally been rather nice weatherwise and for example on Wednesday I spent three hours outside in the sunshine teaching ice skating (made me remember why I wanted to become a physical education teacher), I couldn't be happier to take some time off, say hi to the sun and go explore a completely new place to myself. I've obviously made sure our hotel has a gym, but there's no guarantee of the quality of it and I probably won't have time to go to a separate gym while I'm there. So I decided to put together some hardcore bodyweight movements, which should make your body burn and heart rate up in a very short time. Perfect to do in a hotel room or just generally anywhere. Here's how it works:
Monday, 13 February 2017
Valentine's day is approaching and I thought I'd think of a few active and just generally a bit different ideas for dates. Personally I love sitting down for dinner or going to the cinema with a huge bag of sweeties (and my hubby...lol). But if you really want to spend some quality time with a special someone, is really sitting down quietly the best way to do so? I came up with some alternatives and while trying them out you can also stay dedicated to being healthy and active even on Valentine's Day.
Sunday, 29 January 2017
My latest post on motivation, January and just the general atmosphere around exercising have got me thinking a lot about why people workout nowadays. The pressure to look like somebody on social media or a famous person can be overwhelming and sometimes it seems like many of us workout only to look more like them. People want round bums and flat tummies. And they'll do hundreds of squats and crunches daily to achieve their "dreams". While I too enjoy seeing the results of training in my body, I think this is all a bit wrong.
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