Friday, June 17, 2011

Always Exercise

I’ve often been asked, “How many times a week should I exercise?” Well, the truth is that we should be doing “something” physical every day. This is especially true for us forty (and older) year olds.

The great thing about your body is that it was designed to move, whether or not you're in the gym. One great exercise to improve the strength of your lower body is to perform wall sits. With your feet about a foot from the base of a wall, push your back against the wall and let your body slide down the wall until you are in a sitting position (like you’re on an invisible chair). Be sure to stop when your thighs are parallel to the ground.

Hold this position for as long as possible. Some of my clients have made it to a full 3 minutes!

Another smart way to stay in shape is to skip the elevator and escalator and go for the stairs when shopping, making your way through an airport, or whenever the opportunity presents itself.

And, a good third exercise would be to begin sitting in a chair, only to stop in midair right before landing in the chair (try doing this without using the chairs’ arm rests). Hold that position for as long as possible, then plop down in the chair, and smile knowing you are getting stronger and thinner as a result of a few small changes.

If you want to try an added thigh-strengthening boost to that last exercise, try raising yourself out of that chair and back to your standing position. Remember; try not to use your arms to “assist” you in your attempt to return to a standing position.

Until next time – Live Life Well,

John Aaron Villarreal

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