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Core muscles are the obliques, abdominals, lower back, and the glutes. These four areas not only help your posture but are needed for the strength it takes to do your everyday physical activities. If the core muscle is strong, you will have a sound foundation for working out, gardening, and just about everything else you do.

In this video, Emma demonstrates the following exercises for gaining core strength:

Leg Ups
Plank Ups
Scissor Kicks
Core Twist
Leg Extensions
Hip Dips
Oblique Toe Touches
High Knees
Basic Plank

Do all or start with a few and work your way up. (Turn closed captions on for more tips.)

 
For beginners: choose the exercises that are easiest for you to do. Do 2 sets, 8-12 reps of each exercise, 3 times a week. Your entire workout should not exceed 30 minutes, so keep that in mind if you are adding this to an existing workout regimen.

Strengthening Core Muscles Is Great For Your Back

A good core workout won’t just get you a flat belly, it will also strengthen your back, upper and lower torso, and can also help prevent lower back pain. Stretching the upper and front part of the trunk, including the abdominal and trunk muscles, helps prevent injury too.

Keep at it, little by little, and you’ll soon become adjusted to your new workout routine. Working out builds a positive attitude and self-confidence, and soon you’ll begin to see the results you’ve always wanted.

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Three Farmgirl Luxuries

Ladies who farm can be just as girly, beautiful, and pampered as their urban-dwelling sisters. In fact, most farm girls who don’t have access to a spa can probably come up with whatever it takes to make themselves feel great about themselves and their bodies. Here are three ideas that farm girls will completely understand.

Stock Tank Pool

Some of you city slickers may not know what is meant by a stock tank pool, so here’s the explanation. These 8 feet in diameter tanks that are about 2 feet tall are used to feed stock. You know, cattle, horses and the like. But, they also make excellent pools. All you have to do is add a pool pump and a filter. The pump also keeps the water moving, which deters mosquitoes from laying eggs in the water. Once that’s done, you can use a swimming pool net to keep debris out of the tank. In the winter, you can change the plumbing to copper and add a propane heater and viola- you have a hot tub.

You can choose to have your “pool” above ground or sunken. If you dig a hole and place your pool at ground level, you can landscape around the edges. Imagine how beautiful your relaxing pool will be with plantings, built-in benches, and slate tiles around its rim. You have to agree; this is an outdoor retreat like no other.

Do-It-Yourself Bath Bombs

Bath bombs are a current trend for a reason. Popping one into your bath after building, planting, and mowing all day is an extravagance that no one can resist. Farm girls are more likely to make their bath bombs and use herbs from their gardens to decorate them. In fact, farm girls probably have most of these ingredients in their homes already. Here is an easy recipe:

Ingredients:

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup Epsom salt
1/2 cup corn starch
2 1/2 tablespoons almond oil
3/4 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons essential oils

Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix. In a small bowl, combine all liquid ingredients.

Slowly mix wet and dry ingredients. If you mix too quickly, some of the ingredients will react and make your bombs bumpy.

Separate the mixture into several bowls and add food coloring as desired. Use ice cube trays, silicone cupcake molds, or a stainless steel circular mold.

Allow the bomb to harden for at least 24 hours after taking them out of the molds. Precise instructions are available online.

Herbal Tea Recipes

What could be more relaxing and luxurious than a cup of tea on your front porch? And did you know you can make your brews right at home? Well, you can, and the benefits of tea are myriad. Tea can:

  • relieve stress
  • calm the nervous system
  • contribute antioxidant properties to the body
  • cleanse the body

The tea base consists of fresh or dried ingredients, such as ginger or peppermint A sweetener, like honey, stevia leaf, or licorice root, may be added. After this step, you can get as creative as you like. Some additions that have health benefits include:

  • citrus peels
  • eucalyptus
  • dandelion root
  • echinacea root

Put your ingredients into a cup and pour hot water over them. Cover your vessel for roughly 10 minutes. Strain, put on your favorite terry cloth robe, sit on your front porch swing, and enjoy! There are many tea recipes online, many of which produce beverages that have particular advantages.

Farmgirl luxuriating is simple, rewarding, and fun. Don’t you think it’s time to take care of yourselves for a change?


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