Zella PRO: Life Hacks for Living Well, Part II

’Twas the season to indulge, friends, but now ’tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness—information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or at least stop eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.

How to tone your abs at work? A 10-step, 10-minute workout you can do anywhere? We got you. We tapped three of our Zella PROs for their expert advice on simple ways to incorporate fitness and wellness into your daily life. We’re not talking signing up for a marathon or some weird cleanse diet. These are practical baby steps to better living for real people, from real people that you can start right now.

Our second pro, Kiki Cordero, is the owner of COR Pilates TRX Yoga in Scottsdale, AZ.

Strengthen Your Core Anywhere, Anytime
Master the ‘pelvic tilt.’ It’s a subtle move that almost seems silly, but it works your lower abs and pelvic floor and helps prevent lower-back pain and injury. Sit straight up while driving or at your desk, or just stand and slightly tilt your pelvis/pubic bone under without moving your spine at all. It might take a little practice; you’ll know you’re doing it properly when you feel your lower abs engage. Repeat multiple times—the key is to be able to hold it to the point that it becomes part of your everyday life. It allows you to keep better form during your workouts and improves your posture by helping to correctly align your pelvis.

10-Minute Travel Workout
Get your fix on the road; all you need is a towel and a floor! Take the towel, put it under your toes and get in plank position—the towel allows your feet to glide easily through the various moves.
1. Hold a plank: 10 counts (one one-thousand, two one-thousand, etc.).
2. Move from plank to pike: 10 reps (keep the legs straight and lift the hips to the ceiling).
3. Double-knee mountain climber: 10 reps (bending the knees and straightening).
4. Push-ups: 10 reps.
5. Side plank facing right: 10 counts.
6. Side plank dips: 10 reps (small lift and drop of the hips).
7. Side plank crunch: 10 reps (bend and straighten the legs using the towel to glide).
8. Back to regular plank: hold 10 counts.
9. Side plank facing left, repeat steps 5–7.
10. Repeat that entire sequence 1 more time.

We’re All a Work in Progress
Remember: you’re not going to change overnight. Write out a plan, schedule classes so you commit and make a killer playlist that puts you in a great mood. If you’re newer to fitness, take advantage of different studios’ “first class free” option, or just pay the drop-in rate, so you can try out classes and instructors before you make a real financial commitment. Lastly, remember that pain and “work” are two totally different things…if you feel sore, that means it’s working! Keep your body moving and active so you can get stronger and see the results you want. A healthy body makes for a healthy mind and life!!

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—Jeff Powell