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Fitness Saturday: Measure the Moment — It’s All Good!

  • Another great bench exercise is Dips (see below). Sit on the edge of the bench and place your hands on the bench next to your sides. Extend your legs out the put all your weight on your hands as you shift your hips off the bench and slightly bend your legs. Bend and straighten your arms and see if you can do 8 or more dips. Rest and then repeat.

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  • Cleaning: I’m sure you’ve heard the fact that doing house cleaning can burn quite a few calories. According to the National Academy of Sports Medicine, “A 150 pound person can burn around 170 calories per hour doing light cleaning.” However, I want you to think more about alignment and form than just about burning calories. Cleaning usually involves a lot of bending and reaching so it is important that you be very conscious of your posture when you do them. Keep your back straight and bend your legs when bending over. Don’t bend and twist! Instead make sure your hips and torso are facing the same direction when you bend. Same thing when you reach up. Face the area squarely and work in small patches and then move and reset. Feel your body lengthen and draw in your core for support. Take your time to do chores with good postural awareness and it will feel better and really count.

 

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