Exercise of the Week–Standing Legs

Now that it’s Monday, it’s time to start working off all those Halloween treats. Here’s one you can do anywhere because you don’t even have to lie down.

  • Standing up with your core muscles engaged, slightly shift your weight to your left leg. Try not to hinge at the hips. Your right leg should be free to move and your arms can rest comfortably at your sides or on your hips.
  • Lift your right leg out to the side 2-3 feet away from your left leg. Then pull it back in without resting the leg on the floor. Repeat 10 times.
  • Then move your right leg forward and backward only as far as you can without moving your hips or swaying your upper body. Repeat 10 times.
  • Finally, lift your right leg 2 or 3 feet from your left foot and then circle the leg forward (from the hip)10 times; then circle backward 10 times.
  • Shift your weight to the right leg and repeat all the exercises on the left leg.

Notes: This exercise will challenge your balance, so if you need to work near a wall or a counter you can hang onto try that. Also, the goal is to only have the moving leg in motion. The rest of the body should be still. And of course don’t forget to breathe. Your stable leg will probably start to hurt as much as your moving leg. If you need to give yourself a break, try doing each exercise on each leg instead of all three on one leg and then switching. Or, reduce the number of repetitions. Listen to your body and work at your level.

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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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