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In the coming year, we wish you happiness, prosperity, mobility, information, and most of all: health.
With your health in mind, now is a perfect time to add some movement commitments to your day. (And we’re not talking about THAT type of movement.) We mean commit to adding a little bit of activity for stretching, range of motion, and overall fitness. It’s amazing what movement can do for your heart, mind and soul.
Be sure to check with your doctor before starting anything potentially strenuous!
If you find yourself getting stiff and sore in your shoulders and neck, a great, simple stretch can do wonders. Start with your arms on your sides. Raise your arm to shoulder level and make small circles twelve times. Repeat on the other side.
Another upper body exercise is to face forward, place your hands gently behind your ears, and simply bring your elbows in toward your center, and back out.
If you are feeling especially strong, or have progressed to wanting a little more of a push, invest in one pound dumbells and try a few arm curls with them.
If you at anytime feel pain outside of normal muscle discomfort from stretching, it’s perfectly ok to stop. Be kind to yourself and try again the next day.
Place your feet on the floor or on your chair foot rests, and simply raise and lower your toes. Toe taps like these help keep your circulation flowing and your shins in good shape.
One leg at a time, lift straight from your knee, straightening your leg as much as possible, hold for a few seconds, and then lower. Switch legs. Do these several times, until you tire. With persistence and consistency, you might surprise yourself at how you progress from being able to do one or two, to many.
Incontinence can be a result of weakened pelvic floor muscles. A very effective way to strengthen these muscles and potentially help with incontinence are Kegels. Simply squeeze your bum cheeks together and hold for as long as you can, working your way up to holding for a count of ten. Do these as many times as you can throughout the course of your day. The nice thing about Kegel exercises is that they are discreet. Stealth exercise!
Here’s to a healthy and active 2015!