Carly Baker Shares Swimsuit Photo Going From "Espana to London UFC"
UFC Ring Girl Carly Baker is mixing work and play on a trip to sunny Spain. Baker shared pictures of herself posing in a variety of swimsuits, standing on a balcony in a tan bikini, with the city behind her. She also posted video of herself playing in the surf at the beach in a tiny white bikini. "Espana 🇪🇸 to London UFC 🏴," she captioned the post. "Stunning," a fan commented. How does she stay so fit? Read on to see 5 ways Baker stays in shape and the photos that prove they work.
Baker shares her ab workouts on Instagram, which not only create nice stomach muscles but help build a strong core. "Strong core muscles make it easier to do many activities," says the Mayo Clinic. "When your core muscles are strong, it's easier to swing a golf club, get a glass from the top shelf and bend down to tie your shoes. Strong core muscles help athletes, such as runners. That's because weak core muscles can lead to more fatigue, less endurance and injuries."
Resistance Band Workouts
Baker uses resistance bands for at-home workouts. "Can you get toned, can you get strong, can you get a good workout with resistance bands and hit weight-loss goals? Absolutely," orthopedic clinical specialist and physical therapist Erika Mundinger tells Today. "Even if you're not hitting the weight room, they're just great for overall functional strength that I need to have throughout my day."
Baker lifts weights to build strength and burn fat. "Strength training helps you lose weight and keep it off by building muscle tissue," say the experts at Beaumont Health. The more muscle mass you have, the higher your metabolic rate tends to be. More muscle also helps your body burn more fat than muscle, which is important if you want to lose weight and keep your strength."
Homemade Ice Pops
Baker makes her own ice treats with strawberries, dates, bananas, and coconut milk. "Dates are high in fiber with about 7 grams per serving," says Gillian Culbertson, RD, LD. "That's the same amount of fiber as a cup of cooked whole wheat pasta or just under a half cup of lentils. Another benefit of eating dates is helping you reach your body's daily iron quota."
Baker enjoys coffee for the energy boost (and health benefits!). Experts say while coffee offers benefits, the ingredients added to certain caffeinated drinks can be very unhealthy. "Keep in mind that the research focuses on the benefits of black coffee, which we're still learning about," says Steven Rothschild, MD. "But we definitely know the harms associated with the fat and sugar you find in a lot of coffee drinks."