Double Dip Workout – Stretch while you snack with SSS Hommus
In our current times where we are often trying to work from home, eat healthily, fit in some exercise and squeeze it all in while the kids are occupied, we need to work out more efficient ways of timetabling our day. We also want to ensure we are getting up from our desks and having a good stretch as our home office setup may not be quite ideal – like a couch!
So here at SSS Foods we have created the “Double Dip” workout for you. A fun way for you to exercise while you snack!!! The perfect excuse to dip – for your dip! Today’s workout is focusing on your abdominal muscles.
A tub or two of SSS Foods Hommus in Natural or Cumin, Chilli and Coriander (available at Woolworths)
Some sticks or crackers for dipping and heavy lifting!
A yoga mat or towel to sit on
Firstly, do a quick warm up – this could be some skipping, or some fast steps, or running small laps of your hallway or balcony. Aim for 5-10 minutes.
We are going to kick off our mini ab workout – do these exercises one after each other with no break in the middle, and then have a short 30 second rest and repeat 3 times.
Seated Rotation with Dip – You will need your tub of dip as a weight for this exercise!
- Sit on the floor with legs extended in front of you, knees slightly bent.
- Hold your dip tub with both hands and arms extended.
- Lean back slightly and twist torso to the left, bringing dip toward the floor near your hip on the left. Immediately twist to the right, keeping spine neutral and abs tight.
- Continue, alternating 8 to 10 times per side.
Ab pulse and crunch– Did you know chickpeas that are in hommus are also a type of Pulse? Grab your tub of dip to make this more challenging.
- Lie on your back with knees bent and plant your feet about hip-distance apart. Place your tub of dip on your lower abs.
- Exhale and engage your abdominal muscles by pulling your belly button in toward your spine. Keep this engagement as you roll up into a mid crunch as per image.
- Now either hold in this position and count to 5 then roll slowly back down, or for an extra challenge while in the crunch position lightly pulse by moving an inch up and down in the crunch. Try and keep your dip tub on your abs as a way of keeping them engaged.
Now you have done the exercise pulse and crunch reward yourself with a dip of hommus and a crunch of carrot.
And lastly a nice stretch before you eat all your dip!
To stretch your abs after a tough workout try the cobra pose – this is a simplified version, if you need a really good stretch push up on your hands rather than just to your elbows. This stretch is also a useful stretch for those who are hunched over a desk all day. It will help lengthen your neck muscles, shoulders, chest and those abdominals – meaning more space to fit dip!
- Lie face down on the floor and place your hands directly underneath your shoulders with your elbows tucked in close to your body. As you take a deep breath in, straighten your arms and lift your body off the floor, while keeping your hips pressed against the floor. Or push up on your elbows for a gentle stretch (See image)
- Make sure to tilt the head back, lift up through the sternum and squeeze the scapulas together. Hold for 30 seconds then slowly exhale and return to the starting position. Repeat 3 times. If you are not sharing and you just can’t wait, as you exhale and put your head down you might sneak a little lick of dip!
We hope you enjoyed this week’s ab dip and crunch workout! Let us know if you want some more of these great exercise dip tips!