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I Did Bodyflex for 15 Minutes Every Day, and Here’s What Happened to My Body

6 months ago I visited my native town for a high school reunion. I hadn’t seen my schoolmates for ages! And I was nervous — time hasn’t been kind to me. I now had wrinkles, cellulite, and was carrying 25 extra pounds! But that evening changed my life, it was totally fateful for me. Firstly, I met my future husband! Secondly, it forced me to learn about Bodyflex.

Today, with Bright Side’s help, I’d like to tell you more about my journey and the Bodyflex method itself. I hope you’ll find it worth thinking about!

Bodyflex is a system of exercises invented by American housewife and mother of 3 children, Greer Childers. Greer became extremely overweight after giving birth to her third child. Faced with problems in her personal life along with low self-esteem and the inability to select a desirable wardrobe, Greer tried many different methods of weight loss. But none of them seemed to produce tangible results. That’s when Greer came up with her own exercise technique and went down 5 sizes in just 3 months!

The same thing happened to me. I’ve lost 30 lb in half a year, launched my own business and last, but not least, I got married!

Here`re the results of my friends:

The secret lies in the proper breathing and stretching of problem areas. Some bodyflex exercises are based on the well-known techniques of yoga. But Greer added on her interesting breathing technique: an exhalation, a quick breath, a full exhalation and a hold, followed by another breath. Surprisingly, doing breathing exercises provides you with an adrenaline rush that pulls fat from under your skin. And by straining your muscles, you burn it. In the photos above, you can clearly see the results of this kind of exercise.

Do this technique in the morning on an empty stomach or 4 hours after a meal.

Vacuum exercise

Breathing in bodyflex is the most important aspect of it. If you breathe correctly, you’ll have better results. Bodyflex is based on the vacuum exercise. All of the exercises begin with this. In order to properly do it, follow this guide to perform the proper breathing cycle:

  1. Stand in the pose which is shown in the picture: half-sided, legs apart from the body, tilted slightly forward. That pose is also called the “basketball player position”.
  2. Free the lungs of any air. Exhale only with the mouth. Fold your lips as if pronouncing “oo”, then slowly exhale, trying to completely empty the lungs for the next breath.
  3. Take a breath. An inhale in bodyflex should be taken only through the nose with the mouth closed. Try to inhale as deep as possible so that the lungs are full.
  4. Take a sharp exhalation. Remember that the air is released through the mouth but at this stage, the lips are folded together. Quickly breathe out the air while making a pahh sound.
  5. Hold your breath. When performing this part of the breathing exercise, your head should be lowered down and the stomach retracted. Count slowly. On the eighth count move on to the next point.
  6. Pause. Stand in the initial position. Relax the muscles while breathing calmly through the nose.
  7. Start the cycle over again.

1. Boat

This exercise will tighten the inner surface of the thighs. Remember that all bodyflex exercises are started with the breathing cycle.

  1. Sit down with your legs wide apart, as shown in the picture.
  2. Lean the legs back and perform the breathing cycle until the next pause.
  3. Tilt your body forward and hold your breath for 8 seconds. Hands should be stretched out in front of you, shoulders lowered, and the stomach retracted.
  4. Repeat 5 times.

2. Pretzel

This is an effective exercise for the waist. It will also help you to relax the lower back and strengthen the outer surface of the thighs.

  1. Sit on a rug and cross your legs so that the left knee is over the right one.
  2. The right leg should be kept as straight as possible, horizontally.
  3. Put your left hand behind your back and take your left knee into your right hand.
  4. Do a breathing cycle.
  5. Transfer the weight to your left arm, pull your left knee upward and toward your body with your right hand, and turn the body to the left until you can look back. Hold this position for 8-10 counts.
  6. Exhale and relax.
  7. Repeat 5 times.

3. Leg stretching

This exercise will perfectly stretch the hamstrings and tighten the backs of the thighs.

  1. Lie on your back and lift your legs straight up, pulling the toes toward yourself.
  2. Hold your legs with your hands.
  3. Execute the breathing cycle without lifting your head.
  4. During a breathing pause, pull your legs toward yourself until a “pulling” sensation is felt under the knees. Hold for 8 seconds.
  5. Repeat 5 times.

4. Diamond

Many women are worried about the insides of their hands. This exercise will help you to tighten them and get rid of extra centimeters in girth.

  1. Stand up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  2. Put your fingers on the left hand together with the fingers of the right hand.
  3. The elbows need to be raised up parallel to the floor. The back can be slightly rounded.
  4. Execute the breathing cycle until you pause.
  5. As much as possible, rest your fingers with one hand on the fingers of the other and don’t lower your elbows. Hold for 8 seconds.
  6. Inhale air and relax.
  7. Repeat 5 times.

5. Side stretching

This exercise will help you to remove excess fat from the waist.

  1. Stand in the “basketball player position” and perform a breathing cycle until a pause.
  2. Raise your right right arm and pull it over the side above your head and over your ear. You should feel how the entire lateral surface of your body stretches. Hold this position for 8 seconds.
  3. Take a breath and relax.
  4. Repeat 3 times on the right side and 3 times on the left.

6. Seiko

Thanks to this exercise you can work out the lateral surface of the thigh and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Your buttock muscle will burn.

  1. Stand on all fours and set your right leg at an angle of 90 degrees. The foot should remain on the floor.
  2. Perform a breathing cycle.
  3. During a pause, lift your leg straight up and hold it for 8 seconds.
  4. Lower your foot and inhale.
  5. Make 3 repetitions on the right side and 3 on the left.

7. Leg back

To get rid of the fat under the buttocks and tighten it, perform this exercise.

  1. Stand on the rug on all fours.
  2. Perform a breathing cycle.
  3. Lift your straight leg back. The toes should be perpendicular to the floor. Hold the position for 8 seconds.
  4. Lower your leg and inhale.
  5. Repeat 3 times for the right leg and 3 times for the left.

8. Cat

This exercise can relax and tone at the same time. It affects the muscles of your body and spine.

  1. Stand on all fours. The head should be lifted up looking straight ahead and the back should be straight.
  2. Perform a breathing cycle.
  3. Lower your head and arch your back up as high as possible. Hold this position for 10 seconds.
  4. Breathe in and relax.
  5. Repeat 3 times.

Have you ever practiced bodyflex? Share your experiences with us in the comments!

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