Gabrielle Reece knows a thing or two about staying in shape. After all, the professional volleyball player and fitness expert has made a living out of staying fit, which is why she is all the more excited to host NBC’s newest fitness competition, Strong. The 10-episode series (Sylvester Stallone is a co-executive producer!) takes 10 women from all walks of life who are looking to improve themselves mentally and physically. They are paired with 10 of the most elite male fitness trainers in the nation and will face a series of challenges each week that push them to their physical and mental limit. “I love to exercise to keep my body fit and strong,” says Reece, “but I also appreciate things we can do to help us keep tone and relieve stress. In this busy world, we have to get [exercise] in when we can!”
That’s why we asked Reece to write down her three favorite moves that help keep her toned and relieve stress. Best of all, they’re easy, cheap, and can be done anywhere!
1. Jump on a trampoline: “It’s fun, tones your body, is great for your lymphatic system and relieves stress,” says Reece. “If you can’t get your hands on a big one or live in a small space with no yard, a mini tramp works just fine. I put mine in my TV area and just pop on there instead of parking it on the couch.”
2. Walk: “It’s something we all do and it’s wildly underrated,” states Reece. “It is one of the best things we can do for our health, has minimal impact on our joints, and really can help wash away stress. I would suggest using your arms, allowing your foot to roll completely through the motion so your glute and hamstring work through an entire range of motion.” Another suggestion: Play some motivating music, and “give it your best pep step effort.” If you’re ready to take it to the next level, Reece suggests walking with light hand weights, “and throw in some walking lunges every few minutes.”
3. Breathe: “This isn’t your mom’s or yoga instructor’s breathing,” promises Reece. “I like to look at Wim Hof as a great example of dynamic breathing. Think of a pumping [versus] a pulling in of oxygen. I like to breath in and out through my mouth, pulling the airway into my lower stomach. Sit up nice and tall, or if you feel dizzy go ahead and lie down.” Reece recommends doing 30 reps and on the last rep taking a big inhale before you exhale. Then, “hold your breath,” says Reece. “I go for two to three minutes but start with 30 seconds. Relax your face and jaw and don’t fight that you are holding your breath. Remember your blood is oxygenated so you are just fine. Once you do one set, attempt to do two more if you have the time. This is one of the most effective things you can do for your stress and health.”
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