Exercise of the Week–BALANCE

You’ll find this works your core a surprising amount. The challenge is to keep you back long and not let your shoulders roll forward. Here’s how you do it:

  • Roll back onto the fleshy part of your glutes like you were going to do Roll-Like-A-Ball
  • Lengthen you back and then take your feet off the ground, toes facing the floor like you were going to do Roll-Like-A-Ball. Hold at your ankles or behind your thighs.
  • Bring your calves parallel to the floor, and then continue straightening the legs as much as your flexibility allows.
  • Hold for 10 seconds. Breath as needed.
  • Open the legs hip distance apart and hold for 10 seconds, breathing as needed
  • Close the legs and hold for 10 more seconds

Notes: Only extend the legs as far as you can keep you upper body long and stable. Remember to breath. Since the body isn’t moving, this is a good exercise to focus on the breathe. If you are having trouble balancing, place your hands or finger tips on the floor. Enjoy trying your best!


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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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