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Many of you have asked me recently what I do for fitness. Now, I’ll admit I have certainly come a long way since my thirteen year old self where I (disgustingly) lived off of pies, chocolate, ice cream, and brownies. I used to go to the school cafe daily without thinking twice about what I was putting in my body. I am no where near perfect, and would be lying if I said I didn’t have treat every once in a while. But, I like to think I have gained some sort of knowledge on this since I began my work as a model. It’s no secret a model’s job comes with the addition of staying in shape. I have a personal trainer for when I am at home, but when I travel for work, I have had to motivate myself to go to the gym and be active. In the past, working out was such a drag, but now I have come to enjoy it more and more. The key to exercise is finding a way to make it fun; change it up! My philosophy to a healthy lifestyle is to stay active, and eat clean, nourishing food. It’s as simple as that. Don’t kill yourself if you give in to a treat, but don’t go crazy either and eat the whole cake. Moderation is key.

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TOP TIPS AND WORKOUTS:

  1. An app called My Fitness Pal has been my best friend. It allows you to enter your food intake, and monitor your nutrients to ensure you are nourishing your body with everything you need. If you are trying to lose weight, this is ideal. Upon putting in your overall goal and timeline to complete it, the app gives you a healthy recommended calorie intake to stick to.

2. I am in no way a fitness expert, but as so many of you are curious, I have outlined two of my go to Ab circuits for a toned tummy below! I often do these exercises with my trainer, and have noticed a tremendous difference over time in the strength of my core. I hope you do too!

AB CIRCUIT 1: REPEAT CIRCUIT 4-5 TIMES

TRX KNEE TUCKS X15-20

 PIKES X15-20

PLANK X30 seconds

The TRX is a suspension trainer, that is wonderful for balance, strength, and toning. If you’ve ever wondered what they are in the gym, they are the yellow and black straps that hang from a small height. They are now very popular, but if they aren’t available to you in your local gym, you can do these same exercises on a swiss ball.

TUCK – Start by putting the tops of your feet in the handles at the bottom. The height of the TRX needs to be roughly a foot from the ground. Stomach facing down, and hands over your shoulders, tuck your knees into your chest and back out again. Aim to do this motion controlled and slow, channeling your core and squeezing everything. Repeat 15-20 times. See here.

PIKE – After the tucks, immediately follow this with 15-20 pikes. If you can, try not to drop down. The longer you can hold yourself up the better the results will be! But don’t over do it and rest where necessary.

– Starting horizontal, lift your hips till you reach a rough 45 degree angle. This isn’t needed to be too accurate, all that is important is that you lift until you can feel it engaged in your core. See here.

HOLD – Once the pikes are complete, drop to your elbows and hold for 30 seconds in a plank position. Squeeze, squeeze, squeeze!

AB CIRCUIT 2: REPEAT CIRCUIT 5 TIMES

RUSSIAN TWISTS X40

SWISS BALL PASSES X15 – 20

SLOW FLUTTER KICKS X40

RUSSIAN TWIST: Start by sitting on your bottom, knees bent up to your chest and feet off the ground. (SEE HERE) Twist as far as you can across your body and tap the opposite side with both hands. Or if you’d prefer like me,  to hold something like a water bottle or light weight to tap down. You should feel this all over your core as you twist from side to side. Repeat 40 times all together or 2o each side. 

SWISS BALL PASSES: Start by lying on your back, with your arms outstretched above your head holding on to the swiss ball. Feet and legs out straight. In one motion, lift both your legs and your arms until they meet in the middle as you reach a crunch position, bracing your core. Pass the ball from your hands to your feet and return to an outstretched position. This is one rep. Repeat 15 – 20 times.

SLOW FLUTTER KICKS: Lying on your back, hold your upper body in a slight crunch position and legs just above the floor. Slowly lift one leg around 6 inches, alternating feet. The motion is similar to swimming on your back! Simply kick your heels up and down, ensuring they are controlled and relatively slow. Repeat 20 each side. (40 all together.)

* I will now be regularly adding to fitness and health to my site! Next week I’ll be posting my first recipe, and as for workouts, this is only a snippet of what is to come. Please send me any suggestions in the Ask Maia page for anything you’d like to see in particular – I’d love to hear your lovely requests!

*Images from the Spring 2017 Coop Lookbook.

– M