Exercise of the Week–Standing Legs

Okay, it’s time to work off some of those Halloween Treats. Here’s one that you can do just about anywhere. You don’t even have to lie down.

  • Stand upright with your core muscles engaged. Shift your weight slightly to the left side, without bending at the waist. Let your hands rest comfortably at your sides or on you hips.
  • Extend your right leg out to the side, moving it about 2-3 feet away from your stationary leg. Repeat 10 times without touching the ground when the leg comes toward the center of your body.
  • When finished, shift your weight to the right side and repeat with the left leg in motion.
  • Shift back to your left side and then move your right leg forward and backward. Keep the range of motion at a distance that does not cause you to move your hips. Your upper body should be completely stable. Move the leg forward and backward 10 times each.
  • When finished, shift your weight to the right side and repeat with the left leg in motion.
  • Shift back to your left leg and lift the leg out to the side as high as you brought it during the first leg exercise. Stabilize your body and make little circles with the right leg in the air. Circle the leg forward 10 times and back 10 times.
  • When finished, shift your weight to the right side and repeat with the left leg in motion.

Notes: Remember to breathe. If that series wasn’t challenging enough, repeat the entire series. If you are finding it difficult, try 8 repetitions of each exercise instead of 10. Enjoy feeling your muscles work. Remember, moving is a privilege.

2017-09-12T19:32:55+00:00

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Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.

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