General Fitness - Week 2
Cardio & Strength
These general fitness exercises are meant to help you get up and get active.
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1. Nature Walk
As often as you can
Feeling frazzled? Nature can support us in settling down. Head into the trees of nearby naturalarea and focus on deep breathing, as you exhale give yourself permission to let go. As little as a 10 minute walk will help ease your mind, but once you are there you may find you want to stay alittle longer.
2. Stair Accumulator
2-3 sets, 2-4 times a week
Walk up one step and back down. Walk up two steps and back down. Repeat slowly adding one more step each time until you reach the top of your stairs. Ensure you have bare feet or proper footwear as slippers can be dangerous.
Add weight for more of a challenge.
3. Speed Skater Lunge
3 sets, 10-20 reps, 2 times a week
In a standing position, put all of your weight on your right leg then hinge at the hip. Slide your left leg back behind you on the floor. Then repeat with weight on left leg. As this becomes easier add a hop from right to left leg as you shift the weight. Make sure your knee stays over your foot all times.
4. Grapevine Run
3 sets, 8 reps, whenever you feel fatigue fom sitting too long
Run or walk sideways and crossing the leg in front and behind your support leg alternately. Keep the shoulders facing forward and rotate only the hips.
5. Bear Crawl
2 sets, 10 reps, 2 times a week
A more advanced move to incorporate if you do not have any wrist or shoulder issues. Begin on hands and toes. Move the left leg and the left arm to the side at the same time, then follow with the right leg and right arm. Crawl side to side or forward back.
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