Video: Yard Work-out

If you find it difficult to make time to get the movement that your body requires, I suggest using yard work as a way to move more and have fun while you do it!

With a few modifications, yard work can be one of the best workouts you can do. It naturally has opportunities to squat, bend, lift, pull and carry. And if you follow my lead, you can add in a few extra movements like lunges, toe touches, torso twists, push-ups and even a few Jedi-like moves.

Choosing movements that have a purpose beyond simply “getting some exercise” can be easier to fit into your day, often because they can take place outside of your dedicated exercise time (which is a relatively small portion of your day).

So, I suggest you use this video as inspiration for your yard work but also look for opportunities while doing other chores to get more movement into your life! It’s a fun way to get and stay fit.

Forearm & Wrist Strength and Mobility – Workout of the Week #55

Here is a simple series of movements you can do at home with a small hand weight or a regular old hammer. Fun!

Forearm and wrist strength is important in daily life, not just at the gym or in the yoga studio (yes, even yoga demands strong wrists). Building and maintaining strength in this part of the body is essential.

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Stair “step-up” Workout – WoW #49

Here is a great workout that you can do at home with a stair or any platform that can support your weight.

A step-up is a bodyweight exercise that targets the quadriceps, hamstrings, and the gluteal muscles in the buttocks. This is what is considered to be a general lower body conditioning exercise.

You can do all of the variations in this video as a progression or choose the variation that is appropriate for your level of fitness and mobility.

Bridge Variations – Workout of the Week #48

The main target muscle in the Hip Bridge is the erector spinae which runs from your neck to your tailbone. Doing this exercise stretches and engages your hip abductors, gluteus maximus, and hamstrings. On the other end of the movement, the rectus abdominis, obliques, and quadriceps get a workout due to the need to stay stable.

If you are feeling adventurous, you also try adding the Marching Bridge and the Single Leg variation. But don’t get carried away, master the basic bridge before progressing.

A healthy balance of hip strength and mobility is very important to ensure everyday stability and also to prevent overuse and athletic injuries. Achieving this balance isn’t a problem if you keep it in mind, don’t sit too much for too long, and occasionally weird out your coworkers by laying down in the conference room and doing some of these hip bridges!

More hip strength info in my article called 3 Hip-Strengthening Exercises for Power and Mobility

The Strut – Workout of the Week #44

Walking home from the grocery store, in the rain, carrying everything on my back, I decided to add a little extra movement to my day.

No need to change clothes or set any time aside. Just some extra movement tossed in to challenge my balance, leg strength, proprioception and coordination.

Don’t tell me you don’t have time to exercise 😉