As you increase your activity level and cross training, don’t overlook the opportunities to slow it down. Resistance training and cardiovascular workouts are vital to increasing your overall fitness level but don’t forget about the benefits of adding yoga, Pilates, or Tai Chi to your routine.
Tip of the week: incorporate exercises or join a class that focuses on the mind/body connection.
Practices focused on the mind-muscle connection transfer to your other workout sessions and you should see improvements in your balance, agility, and coordination. These exercises also focus on breathing and putting the body into a relaxed state resulting in reduced stress, which is key to overall good health. Another benefit is more flexibility, which improves your ability to execute other exercises that are included in your program.
Exercise of the Week: Side Plank with Top Leg Lifts
Lay on your side, propped up on your elbow. Lift your hips to create a triangle. Engage your core for stability. While maintaining side plank position, lift top leg. Maintain control and take 4 seconds to lift and 4 seconds to lower. Start with 10 reps on each side. Need more intensity – increase the reps. See the video demonstration facebook.com/thealaskaclub.