If you looked on my TIVO or DVD rental history lately, you’d notice a glass slipper, poisoned apple, eternal sleep kind of trend. No matter how old I get, Disney movies are still capable of bringing me back to being five years old with tunnel-vision for Snow White’s valiant prince.
We all have that one thing that makes us look back and reflect on how that moment or object made us feel. Nostalgia, as it’s more popularly termed, is an integral part of life.
The one trite song I have continued to keep in my head all these years after all of these Disney viewings is “When you wish upon a star“. Fill in the rest, as I’m sure you all know it.
The song discusses belief, hope, and the tenacity to never give up no matter what. While written for a fantasy animation, this is the one song that you can always count on to mirror reality. Push the negative plate to the side and fill your head with dreams that you wish to come true.
Take a trip down memory lane with these simple Disney-themed exercises!
Recommended: Use medium-heavy weights for this workout to burn the most calories and maybe a disney Sleeping Beauty shirt for an extra push! 😉
1. Gaston Biceps– Begin standing with feet hip width a part with weights in hand. Cross one arm across chest to opposite shoulder and back down. Repeat on other side. Do this for 1 minute or about 3 sets of 15.
2. Cinderella Curtsy– Begin with feet hip width a part. Slowly step one foot behind and over diagonally to opposite side. Bend into 90 degree angle, return to starting position. 15 reps on each side is recommended.
3. Little Mermaid Obliques– Begin sitting on floor both legs bent towards one side. Stretch opposite arm over to legs so it creates a pulling on your side abdominals. Place hand that you just stretched over back on floor and push up into a side hold for 5 seconds. Come back down and repeat. The stretch at the beginning intensifies the exercise making you use not only obliques but front and upper abdominals as well. Do 5-10 reps each side.
4. Poca Push-Ups. These can be modified by placing knees on floor in form of a “girly push-up”. Hold push up plank position for 2-3 seconds then bend arms downward lowering yourself towards the floor. Hold for 2 seconds, come back up and repeat. 10 reps.
5. Mulan The Warrior Princess Lunges. You can include upper body strength by incorporating a shoulder raise or side raise with weights out to side. If you do this, I recommend dropping to at least 2-3 pounds lower so as not to strain muscles. Lunge to one side and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat on opposite side. Do this for 1 minute.
6. Balancing Genie– This exercise tests your strength and balancing skills, while improving posture. Begin with feet together in standing position. Slowly bring one leg up to thigh of opposite leg and cross over. Bend slowly down and hold position with hands in prayer. Hold for 10 seconds. Switch sides. Do this for 30 seconds.
7. Bambi Trots– In football, these are called tire jump calisthenics. For the purpose of this theme, we’re throwing some femininity in. Begin with feet hip width a part. Time yourself for one minute and bring one leg up and then the other. Your heart rate should be pretty up there. You can perform this with weights to increase intensity.
8. Scar Stretch– Place all fours on the floor. Raise into flat table position. Head hanging neutral. Slowly look up and raise head and push stomach towards floor until feeling a stretching pulling motion. Repeat as many times as you’d like.
I leave you today with one of my favorite quotes:
‘Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible”.’ ~Audrey Hepburn