It’s funny to think that “Move Right Monday” is over a year old already. We’ve learned so much from each other since then, and every day I’m grateful for people like you who read the blog so faithfully.
I think one of the reasons that so many people join us here so faithfully is that we really try to give you valuable tips that can transform your health. Here on the blog and at my practice, Fundamental Health Solutions in Naples, our goal is to teach you to eat right, move right, think right, and live right. But I also strive to give you tips and exercises that are simple to incorporate into your daily life.
Studies are showing that one of the biggest health threats to future generations is that sedentary lifestyle that so many Americans maintain. We’re a nation of comfort, and it’s killing us. We are also finding that breaking up your day with short periods of movement has greater benefit to your overall health than spending an hour at a time in the gym.
Each of the exercises that I demonstrate in these videos can be done at the gym, but they’re really designed for you to do them at the office, at home, or wherever you find yourself. You shouldn’t have to change into workout clothes to keep your body in shape.
If you will follow the simple exercises I’m going to show you through this video series, you should experience greater flexibility, have less back pain, and start feeling really good.
The best way to do it is to give it five minutes at least a couple times a day. I like to recommend that people do it every hour for five minutes, but if that’s too much to commit to right off the bat, then fine, do it as much as you can. I’ll bet you that after a few days of this, you will get to where you start looking forward to your next five-minute exercise break. You’ll want to feel that good all the time.
So let’s get right to it. This is a simple squat exercise that you can do right where you are… right now!
1.Put your fingertips on your desk or a chair to help you balance.
2. Get your feet about shoulder-width apart.
3. Lower your torso until your bottom is just parallel with your knees (if possible).
4. Hold that position and count to two.
5. Press into your heels to stand back up.
6. Repeat this for five to ten minutes.
NOTE: Your current strength and flexibility will determine how low you can go and how much pressure you’ll need to put on your fingertips to hold you steady.
This exercise will make a big difference in your hips and back and get you feeling better fast. We’re looking for greater stability, mobility, and flexibility, and this is where it starts.
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Thank you for being here today. I’ll see you here for “Wellness Wednesday.”
“At the end of your feelings is NOTHING. At the end of your principles is a PROMISE.” — Eric Thomas