Hi there!! HAPPY Monday :D
How are you?! How was your weekend?! Are you gearing up for the holidays?! I certainly am!! :D Enjoying a Thanksgiving feast is such a great way to kick off the holiday season! Still, if you're like me, sometimes stress comes along with all the happy anticipation this time of year...lol! That's why I'm thankful for the tools and knowledge I have to live a healthy lifestyle and achieve my fitness goals!! Fitness makes my life more manageable, more successful, and merrier...lol!
I'm also thankful for YOU! I'm thrilled that you follow my blog and I'm able to share exercises, research news, and nutrition information on here!! It's part of what makes being a Personal Trainer so rewarding :D
Today's post is on being strong for life! The best moves up your performance in your favorite sports and everyday life!! "Functional fitness trains all your muscles and your nervous system to work better together for improved strength, coordination, agility, and balance," says Los Angeles Celebrity Trainer Juliet Kaska. The following are a few of her must-dos, so keep reading, these babies work ;)
Benefits: You'll be better at standup paddleboarding (it's still warm outside in some parts of the country) and avoid ankle sprains. "Strong calves help prevent ankle rolling," Kaska explains.
- Stand with feet hip-width apart and parallel; lift 1 foot. Without locking knee of the standing leg, rise onto the ball of your foot. Hold, then lower heel without touching floor. Do 10 to 20 reps per side.
3 POINT SQUAT AND REACH
Benefits: Improves your skiing game; helps you get up from seats easily.
- Stand with legs together, a 2 to 5 pound weight in each hand. Squat; bring weights to outside of left foot, arms parallel. Stand; squat, and extend weights in front of you. Stand; squat and bring weights to outside of right foot. Do 5 to 10 reps.
Benefits: Aids your running. Also, you'll be able to pick up heavy objects.
- Hold a 10 to 20 pound barbell with arms hanging straight in front of thighs. Hinge forward at hips; go as low as possible, keeping back and neck in a straight line. With weight in heels, power through hamstrings to return to standing. Do 8 to 15 reps.
If you have ANY questions OR comments about this post, I'd LUV to hear from you :D
I'm spending the rest of this week playing with the fam, so I won't be posting again until NEXT Monday, November 30th!
Have a FABULOUS, FUN-FILLED Thanksgiving! GOBBLE GOBBLE!!
Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist