Exercise of the Week–BALANCE SITTING

This is one of my favorite exercises. Taking time to balance can sometimes be quite calming because you have to focus so intently. So here’s how you do it:

  • Start sitting down, knees bent, feet flat on the floor.
  • Lean back onto the fleshy part of your behind.
  • Bring your feet off the ground (you can hold your ankles or grab behind your knees).
  • Make sure your back isn’t rounded. The spine is as long as possible like you are trying to turn your body into the letter V.
  • The exercise will get harder the more you straighten your legs, but try not to do so at the detriment of a long spine.
  • Hold for 10 seconds.
  • Open your legs hip distance apart.
  • Hold for 10 seconds.
  • Interchange between open and closed legs for one minute.
  • Lower your legs and stretch.

Tips: If you are struggling to balance, you can leave you hands on the floor. If you can’t tell if your back is straight, ask a friend or family member to let you know or sit down near a mirror. As always enjoy the stretch and the exercise!


About the Author:

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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