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Gentle Fitness - Week 2

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Cardio & Strength

These gentle fitness exercises are meant to help you get up and get active.

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There is risk of injury when participating in exercise, physical fitness and physical training programs. If you have any concerns or questions about whether or not you should participate in exercise activities demonstrated on this website or videos offered on this website, you should consult with a physician or other health-care professional before starting any exercises.

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BY PARTICIPATING IN EXERCISE ACTIVITIES FEATURED OR VIDEOS OFFERED ON THIS WEBSITE, YOU DO SO FREELY AND VOLUNATARILY AND ASSUME ALL OF THE RISKS AND HAZARDS OF PARTICIPATION, INCLUDING THE LEGAL RISK. THE CITY OF CALGARY DISCLAIMS ANY LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES AND ASSUMES NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY LOSS, PERSONAL INJURY (INCLUDING DEATH) OR DAMAGE (INCLUDING PROPERTY DAMAGE) SUFFERED BY ANY PERSON AS A RESULT OF THE USE OR MISUSE OF ANY INFORMATION, THIS WEBSITE AND VIDEOS MADE AVAILABLE ON THIS WEBSITE.

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Seated hip flex

1. Seated Hip Flexion

1 set, 12 reps

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​​Sit on a straight chair with your back in neutral position (slightly arched).

Keeping your knee bent, lift your knee up towards your chest.

  • Do not roll your pelvis backwards as you lift.

Lower and repeat.​

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Seated Trunk Rotation

2. Seated Trunk Rotation Stretch

1 set, 6 reps

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Sit down on a chair with your spine straight.

Lift your arm out to the side and rotate your body towards that side and hold the position for 5 seconds.

*If your shoulder gets tired, lower your arm slightly​​

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Knee extension

3. Knee Extension

1 set, 12 reps

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Sit down on a chair with your back straight.

Fully extend one leg, lower and repeat.

You can hold the extension for a few seconds to make it more difficult.

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Backward Forward let swing

4. Backward Forward Leg Swing

1 set, 12 reps

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Keep your back straight and abs tight then swing your leg forward and backward. Keep the movement of the leg under your body.

Support yourself on a chair.

Ensure you have cleared the area around you so that it is free and clear to move

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Leg Abduction

5. Leg Abduction

1 set, 12 reps

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Keep your back straight and abs tight. Holding a chair, keep your head over the foot on the floor. Raise your leg sideways always keeping your leg aligned with your body and your pelvis in neutral.​​

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Standing Hip Extension

6. Standing Hip Extension

1 set, 12 reps

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Keep the back straight, abs tight and head up. Push your leg straight backwards, keeping the knee forward while maintaining glute contraction.

Do your best not to move through the low back, you can strengthen your core stability by drawing your belly button towards your spine.​​

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Sitting Scapular Retraction

7. Sitting Scapular Retraction

1 set, 12 reps

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Sit down on a chair with your arms straight at shoulder height and opened slightly more than 45 degrees to each side.

From this position, retract your shoulder blades by squeezing them together. Make sure not to elevate your shoulders as you retract.

Hold the contraction for a few seconds, then relax and repeat.​

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Front Press- seated

8. Front Press - seated

1 set, 12 reps

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Sit on a chair and hold weights in your hands, palms neutral.

Press forward, keeping your elbows close to you.

*No weights, try using a water bottle or a soup can.

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Bicep Curl

9. Bicep Curl

1 set, 12 reps

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Place your arm at your side, elbow straight, hand in supination (palm upward) and holding a weight.

Keeping your elbow at your side, bend your arm up while keeping the hand in supination.

Return to the starting position and repeat.

*no weights, use a water bottle or a soup can.​

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Images courtesy of Physiotec

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