Ab Exercises and My First Massage
I hope you are all having a fantastic weed so far :).
Yesterday I used my Christmas present from Chris and got my very first professional massage!! It was AMAZING. Seriously, I can’t believe I waited until now to get one. My massage therapist used the perfect amount of pressure as she massaged my head, neck, back, arms, and legs. It was fabulous. And I definitely felt like she got rid of the tension that seemed to be existing in my shoulders, neck, and upper back. I felt so incredibly relaxed afterward and my body felt all around awesome.
The other thing that made this massage even better was the heated table that I laid on. I tend to get cold really easily, even with blankets on, so the heat just helped me get comfortable and relaxed. I’m actually proud of myself for being so relaxed during the massage. I was worried that I would feel uncomfortable since it was my first one and I didn’t really know what to expect. Now, I can’t wait to get another one :).
Yesterday during my workout I tried a couple of new ab exercises! I really felt the burn in my lower abs during both of them. I don’t know about you, but my lower ab area always seems the be the hardest to work. Generally I can easily feel my upper abs engaging but I have a more difficult time feeling the lower ones working.
Anyway, the first exercise I saw on pinterest. It was a plank with your feet elevated!
This was definitely a challenging exercise! I did a regular plank after this one and it felt more difficult than a 2nd plank normally does for me. I’m not exactly sure what that means, but my guess is that my abs were working harder during this variation on a plank and therefore were more fatigued by the time I got to the regular one!
The second exercise was seated bench leg pull-ins. What I did is similar to the picture below, except that I didn’t rest my hands on the bench. I leaned back as far as I could without falling over and engaged my core to not only keep me balanced, but to bring my legs in and out!
I think have found some new favorite moves!
Ok lovies, I have to get going so I can get in a good sweat sesh at the gym :D. I hope you all have an awesome Wednesday!
Have you ever had a massage? Do you like them?
Do you find it difficult to feel your lower abs working vs. your upper ones?