Keeping the main thing the main thing: Keep exercising, keep moving daily. Remember, if you want to move better…you have to move better.
16/40 Have a couple of favorite exercises that you do…just about anywhere. In the kitchen, between clients, after you walk up a flight of stairs at home. “Big bang for you buck” moves that are always a challenge. An enjoyable challenge!
Begin with body aligned, weight in opposite hand than standing leg
This is one of my favorite moves. It’s also my “go-to” move when my back and leg pain flare up. It checks my alignment from head to toe, putting that emphasis on my deep glutes, abdominals, and back muscles (yeah, the core). As you move from start to end, it also checks shoulder stability, keeping the scapula tucked down and back, where it should be. It also gives
Hips both face the same direction; shoulders stay set in their proper place; posture maintains alignment
me quick balance. I wobble…I need work. As the gluteals are activated to stabilize me, I can feel any inadequacy and laziness being pointed out. Somedays I use weight and do a few to increase strength. Doing just a few without any added resistance is a nice way to wake up a couple of my lazy muscles prior to any other workout. And again, if I’m starting into some pain, this knocks mine right out.
The training enthusiast in me also knows this is a great way to get an active stretch of the hamstring. The yogis have been doing this for years. See Tom T from Yogani Studios in Tampa helping me out here. Tom begins with his chest raised, arms overhead, and free leg raised in front of him ( for a great static quad strengthener). He then moves into Virabhadrasana III keeping that same spinal alignment throughout.
Strength. Balance. Flexibility. Stability. Exercise. Posture. Different way up the same mountain. Now that’s some “bigger” balance!