I talk to so many people who say that they don’t have time to exercise. I understand; we all lead busy, complicated lives, and adding a new habit to your life requires giving up other habits. We only have 24 hours in a day, and most of us live our lives by the habits we’ve established.
If you think that exercise requires changing clothes, driving to a fitness center, warming up, cooling down, showering, changing clothes, and driving home, then yeah…you’re probably right. I’d have a hard time fitting all that commotion into my life, too.
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that complicated. I put together a series of exercises that you can do anywhere. It takes five to ten minutes at a time, and you can do it several times a day and get great results.
Today, we’re excited to bring the second exercise video in this series, following the one we did last week. If you haven’t seen it, go back and watch it so you can get caught up with the rest of us. Start implementing both of these exercises in your daily routine to improve your flexibility and feel stronger and healthier.
Studies are showing that one of the biggest health threats to future generations is the sedentary lifestyle that is becoming so common in America. We are also finding that breaking up your day with short periods of movement provides greater benefit to your overall health than spending an hour at a time in the gym.
If you follow the simple exercises I’m going to show you, you should experience greater flexibility, have less back pain, and start feeling really good. 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 forearms on your desk or a chair to help you balance.
2. Get your feet about shoulder-width apart.
3. Flatten your back with your knees slightly bent. Do not round your back like a turtle. Push your weight back into your hips – you will feel a little stretch in the hamstrings, calves, buttocks and feet.
4. Raise the right leg back until it is straight behind you for a count of two, then lower it gently. Don’t swing or fan your leg.
5. Repeat this motion five to ten times.
6. Do the same exercise with your left leg.
Remember not to arch your back. This exercise will make a big difference in your hamstrings and back, and get you feeling better fast. If you know someone who deals with the frustration of lower back pain, take a few seconds to share this one Facebook. You never know who might be helped by this.
Check back here every Monday for more delicious exercises.
“At the end of your feelings is NOTHING. At the end of your principles is a PROMISE.” — Eric Thomas