Legendary vocalist Mariah Carey has acomplished many awards ranging from multi-platinum albums to blockbuster movies. However, Mariah's biggest acomplishment maybe bouncing back to a beach body after giving birth to her twins — Moroccan and Monroe — April 2011. “Pregnancy was probably the best and the hardest thing I’ll ever go through. I know for a lot of women, it can be wonderful and relatively easy. But for me, it was like "Okay, honey, do you have to do everything the hard way?" the star said in the May 2011 issue of Shape magazine. “I used to be able to slim down just by exercising more, but that’s changed. Since having the babies, I realize that 90 percent of losing weight is my diet,” she continued.
Mariah Carey prefer a workout regimen that is not intense, but consistent. “Today my workout routine is more about getting and staying toned. And for me, that means either taking hour-long walks a few times a week or jumping in the pool three or four days a week to do 45 minutes of aquatic exercises,” she explained.
Why does this new mom prefer water aerobics to shed her baby fat? Mariah says that water aerobics has been one of her favorite activities and that it’s “actually more effective" than other workouts!
Water Aerobic Exercise:
Hold onto a pair of buoys or empty water jugs. Stretch your arms straight out to the side. Your arms will be working to hold you up, but do not move the arms during this exercise. Lie on your back and extend your legs straight out to the front. Then tighten your abdominal muscles and pull your knees into your chest. Next roll over onto your stomach and extend the les straight out behind you. Then tighten the abdominal muscles and pull your knees back into your chest. Continue to roll back and forth. Focus on not using the arms and really contracting your stomach muscles to pull the knees into the chest. The closer your feet and legs are to the surface the harder this exercise is. If your back is sensitive keep the feet closer to the pool floor. Focus on 3 sets x 25 reps.
Perform the breaststroke in a deeper area of the pool. The circle motion created as your arms push you through the water, will condition your chest muscles while also strenghening your shoulders. Swim in laps, slowly increasing as you become stronger. Hold your arms at your sides in the shallow area of the pool, about chest height . In sets of 10, raise your arms forward, until they are even with your shoulders, and then back to starting position. The resistance of the water will tone the muscles of the arms and chest. Grip the side of the pool and gently raise yourself as if to lift yourself out of the pool. Starting with sets of 10, increasing as you get stronger will give a great arm and chest workout. Hold both arms shoulder height on both sides of your body, forming an L shape on each. The L would be formed with your arms stretched straight out and elbows bent upwards. Slowly bring each arm inwards towards your body with your elbows still bent. Slowly bring your arms back to starting position and repeat in sets of ten for a great chest workout.
Stand up straight with your back flat against the wall. Hold the ends of the noodle so that it is in a “U” shape. Push it underwater and step on it in the middle of the “U” with the right foot. Then let go if you can. Lift your right knee up. Then straighten your right leg and press out with the heel.Bend the knee again. Then replace the foot on the pool floor.Do 10 to 15 repetitions and 4 to 5 sets per leg.
What about the meal plan? Mariah's diet is base around what she calls "boring healthy foods." This consists of 1500 calories per day. The meal plan is low carb, high protein, with plenty of fruits and vegetables.