• Brandon Baldassi

Healthy Hibernation

Staying active during the long winter months

This winter, consider adding some at-home exercise to stay active when the weather keeps us indoors. These four exercises are designed to be done at any time or anywhere, be it first thing in the morning to jumpstart the day, or between emails to stay energized at work!

1. Bodyweight Air Squat

If theres an argument to do anything everyday for your physical health, it’s this. Squatting is a natural human movement which incorporates the largest muscle groups in the body!

Key points to be mindful of include maintaining an upright posture and pushing knees out and over the toes. Try it out! Squat to a challenging depth for 3-5 sets of 10 repetitions.

2. Split Squat

Split squats are another engaging movement for the entire lower body and an excellent means of improving balance and coordination! To ensure you are getting the most out of the movement, maintain an upright posture, arched foot, and knee steady over the toes - aim to get your back knee to the ground while keeping your weight on the front foot. Consider trying 5 repetitions with each leg for 3-5 sets.

3. Push-Up

The push-up is hardly new or innovative, however it can be a fantastic upper body exercise when executed properly! Keeping your core braced as if in a plank, keep elbows tucked along your sides as you bend your arms, focusing on steady and consistent tempo. Complete a challenging amount of repetitions for 3 sets.

4. Plank

Develop the muscles of the core by completing 3-5 planks for a challenging amount of time, 30s is an excellent aim! Focus on squeezing the stomach muscles by thinking of pulling your chest towards the hips, and maintain a flat back - no arch in either direction.

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