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Better Than the Alternative Tuesdays & Exercises To Do This Week!

Posted Jun 21 2011 8:44am

My Dad, Obi-wan, has always said about whatever is going on in his or our lives that, “It’s better than the alternative.” It is, isn’t it? I mean, when you take a look at things going awry in your life, you gotta admit that whatever it is that’s getting you down, you’re still here and that’s better than the alternative. So, here we are on “Better Than the Alternative Tuesdays” where I share what I’m loving about life this week. Today, it’s New York City.

My back yard!

I’ve been having a love affair with the Big Apple for going on nine years now. I can’t get enough of everything this little island has to offer. Specifically, THIS is my back yard, my track, my playground. How lucky am I that I don’t also have to mow it? Central Park is the reason why a midwestern gal like me can continue to live in a bustling metropolis. I’d be lost without the beautiful parks in the city. The magical season of Cherry Blossom trees is reason alone to live in New York City. What can I say? I’m smitten!

These amazing trees EXPLODE every spring

Now, onto the exercises of the day! The deeply fabulous LB modeled some moves just for you all this morning during her 6:30AM workout.

*As always, consult a physician before starting any exercise program. Stop immediately if you feel faint, dizzy, nauseous or otherwise unwell. These exercises are not for everyone, consult a fitness professional for proper technique and form*

1. Standing lunges. I like walking lunges just as much as the next person, but proper form can be a challenge to maintain with so many moving parts. Oh, and for all you runners out there (and anyone else who may desire some lift in your behind), this is an amazing glute strengthener! My physical therapist prescribed these for me when I strained my gluteus medius (ouch) to beef up my rump!

Stand with one leg forward and one leg back. Be sure your feet are hips-width apart and your back heel is high to the sky. Slowly lower your knee to the ground, staying tall with your chest, until both knees are at 90 degrees. Be careful that your front knee doesn’t jut out in front of your toes. Push through your front heel back to standing, both legs completely straight. Rinse. Repeat. 12-15 reps each leg for 3 sets.

2. Reverse abdominal roll-ins. A favorite among my clients. Ok, I lied, the are actually my favorite and not always the most-requested exercise, but a very effective one nonetheless! The most important thing about this exercise is to control the motion and not get carried away with speed and momentum. If done slowly, you will feel your abdominals supporting and balancing your every move.

Start in a plank (shoulders over your wrists, straight arms) with your knees/shins on the physio ball. Draw your knees toward your chest while lifting your rear end toward the sky. The lifting part is reeeeally important so that it’s an abdominal exercise and you’re not just flailing around on the ball. Gently and slowly roll your body out until you’re straight again. The slower you go, the harder more effective it is! Repeat 8-10 times, 2-3 sets. This one can get tough on the wrists if you have even the slightest hint of carpal tunnel, so skip it if anything starts to hurt.

There you go! Round of applause for LB, who wanted me to tell all of you how much she loves this particular Lululemon tank top. It’s not in the stores anymore, but the Light Up Tank is very similar and is both in stores and online. Now, go for a run and then hit the gym with these fabulous exercises for a stronger body. Just a reminder that the Lululemon Run Club will be guiding the Achilles Track Club through a run/walk workout in the park tonight at 6pm. Meet at the Engineer’s Gate in Central Park.

Happy Summer Solstice, everyone! What are you doing to celebrate the day?


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