Strengthening while you’re brushing!!!!!

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One of my favourite tips to give people is to do simple exercises while brushing your teeth.

Seriously!! You may think you look stupid, but who cares, nobody is watching!! Everyone does it twice a day for about 2 min., so why not use this time to build butt and leg muscles rather than just standing there looking at yourself in the mirror!!! I started doing walking lunges in my hallway about 10 years ago, and have never stopped doing something while I brush my teeth.  Here are a list of 3 simple things you can do during your 2 minutes of brushing time, that can start with little effort, but you can build on and get stronger over time!

IMG17511. Walking lunges

 Keep your back straight and step forward always making sure your knee is bent at a 90 degree angle over your ankle and never goes forward over your toes stand up and take a large step forward with the other leg….and so on. Do them slowly and controlled at first so you are using proper form. (form is everything here, seriously!)  Do as many as you can in the 2 minutes.

 

 

IMG17532. Squats – There are so many types of squats, but we’ll stick to the basic squat here to start. Stand with your feet hip width apart (or wider if you are more comfortable) and bend down while sticking your butt out, keeping your back straight and pushing down on your heels.  Again, form is important here so make sure those knees are at a 90 degree angle over your ankle, and not going over the toes!  Go down as far as you can, and repeat as many times as you can in the 2 minutes. As you get more comfortable with this one, do slower squats holding them at the bottom.

 

IMG17543. One-legged stability exercise – Standing on one leg, slowly raise the other leg off the ground and balance for as long as you can. Repeat with the other leg.  As you are more comfortable, and your balance is improving, lift your leg higher, then to the side (knee bent), then you could even progress to bending forward with your leg out straight behind you.  Start slowly though and build up to this. I focus on one leg while I do my top teeth and then do the other with my bottom teeth.

 

 Keep steady, and brush on!!!!! 

Once you get bored of  the above 3 exercises, I have others for you to try as well, just ask! 🙂

 

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