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Short & Simple Useful Exercises

Short & Simple Useful Exercises  

There are some days when your workout may not fit in your schedule. Or maybe you have not jumped on the bandwagon yet. There are still some easy ways to get in a few simple exercises that will help improve your body.

Want to lower your stress?

When your stress is high it is a good idea to get your blood pressure and heart rate up. This action benefits you by releasing endorphins that can help with stress. Some good cardio like running would help, but we don’t always have time, space, or the will to take off in strides. You can go through some yoga sun salutation cycles. The flow of this from start to finish can be beneficial.

Find your favorite yoga flow by watching a few on YouTube. Some good examples are:

Sun Salutation Flow for Beginners (Free Class)


Morning Yoga Flow | Redbook

Want those shapely legs?

Working in some basic calf raises on both legs can go a long way. When these are coupled with quad stretches and calf stretches, you will be strengthening your legs by stretching them.

    • Calf Raises: Slowly raise your heels until you are on your tiptoes, then slowly lower back down to the ground. Take three slow counts to raise and lower your heels. Do both heels at the same time.
    • Quad Stretches: Start by standing on your left foot and grab your right shin by bending your leg behind you. Be sure that you tuck in your pelvis, pull your shin toward your glutes, and also make sure that your knee is pointing to the ground. Tip – Try not to pull your knee backward or sideways. Stay neutral. Hold for 30 seconds and then switch legs. These can be done in sets.
    • Calf Stretches: Start by standing while facing a wall with your arms straight out in front of you and your hands resting flat against the wall. Put your right leg forward with your foot flat on the floor, and extend your left leg straight back, whole placing your heel flat on the floor. Watch that you do not bend your back knee. Leaning into the wall you will feel the stretch in the calf of your straight leg. Hold these for 30 seconds and switch sides. You can do sets of these.

Watch for Part 2 of this series coming soon and let these little moves benefit you every day.