These 5 tummy flattening exercises and protein shake recipes are sponsored by EAS Sports Nutrition. All opinions are 100% mine.
Being a wife and momma is the most challenging work I do. It takes a lot of sacrifice that I willingly give even to my own detriment.
Sometimes I’ve given so much, that I didn’t leave enough for myself. My husband saw that, which he admired, but he felt it wasn’t healthy to give everything to the family and not take care of myself. I wasn’t eating like I should, dressing up or exercising.
We sat down and made some changes so that I could take care of my health and well being. This included planning meals I liked and exercising. When I started eating better and exercising, I began feeling better mentally and physically.
If you’re struggling in they area, I want to help you just like my husband helped me. First, I’m going to show you how to prepare a simple protein packed workout shake using EAS® 100% Whey Protein. Then I’ll show you my favorite tummy flattening exercises. After having four children, it’s one of the areas that’s hardest to keep toned. I used to wear girdles to hide my bulge, but I got tired of that real quick. Instead, I decided to find a routine that targeted my stomach and fit into my busy schedule.
So let’s start with the protein shake. In the morning before I workout, I make a Banana Strawberry protein shake using EAS® 100% Whey Protein. Here’s the recipe.
Banana Strawberry Protein Shake
- 1 scoop of EAS® 100% Whey Protein (vanilla)
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup of strawberries
- 1 teaspoon of Flax Seed
- 1 cup of 2% milk or vanilla Almond milk
1. Add all of the ingredients to the blender and blend on high for about 2 minutes until smooth and creamy.
There are a lot of protein powders on the market, but be careful of trying to go super cheap. Look at the ingredients and test the flavors. EAS® is one of my favorites because of the flavor and the way the powder dissolves. Some powders don’t mix well and produce a lumpy shake which I don’t like.
The newest EAS® formula has 30g of protein which is the ideal amount your body needs to recover after a workout. It has no fillers, no added sugar and no proprietary blends, only high-quality pure whey protein.”Proprietary blends” means it has a combination of ingredients, instead of pure ones.
After drinking my shake I work on an abdominal exercises at home. Here is my step-by-step abdominal exercise routine.
Crunches – 100 times
My complete abdominal exercise takes about 30 minutes.
Crunch Twist – 15 times per side
Then I complete 30 crunch twists alternating from side to side. This works the lower abdominal muscles and obliques. This exercise is key to making sure I tone up evenly. I don’t want to have a flat stomach with pudginess on the sides of my midsection.
To do the exercise, I start with my back and both feet flat on the floor. Next, I place my finger tips behind my head. Now, I lift my upper body, and slower bring my right elbow in toward my left knee. Then I lower my foot and back to the start position. I repeat the process on the alternate side, doing 15 reps per side totaling 30 Crunch Twists.
For these, I start in a Full Plank position. Then, I lift my left foot from the floor while bringing my left knee in under my body toward my right side.
There will be a little rotation involved in order to get that knee-under affect, but that’s what you want. That rotation helps work those obliques we talked about. I alternate using my left and right leg, 10 times per side.
Lying Leg Raises – 15 times
Lying Leg Raises are one of the hardest exercise for me. By now my core is tired and I really have to fight the urge to lift my back off the floor when lowering my legs. I start with my legs in the air with my body at about a 90 degree angle. I slowly lower my legs toward the floor, as far as I can without allowing my lower back to lift up from the floor. I hold for a second and lift my legs back to my start position. I repeat this 15 times.
Now I slowly raise my body upward by straightening my waist and making my body ridged. I hold myself in that position for two seconds then lower my hips and legs back to the floor. I repeat the process 15 times on both the right and left sides of my body.