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Me, today. 7.4.12. Day 10 of The Anywhere Workout Challenge! Fin!

Phew, today was awesome! An easy morning sleeping in and a day in the sunshine kayaking around the bay with the cool ocean breeze in my hair and sea mist on my face. I relaxed and took in the from ocean view of the bridges stamped in a blue California sky. A quick flight in the evening and I’m back at home after a whirlwind work trip mixed in with some fun.

ImageTowards the end of the kayaking I was definitely feeling fatigue in my arms and a little in my back, and one more so than the other. I could tell which was stronger and thought that most people are pretty imbalanced in their dominant vs non-dominant sides. It’s important, especially when getting older, to be as even as possible so that we can prevent injury. So, the last and final day of the 10 day Anywhere Workout Challenge is about balancing your sides – some cross body workouts to coordinate your leftie to the rightie and make sure you can kick butt at twister.

– Arm and Leg lift plank: Start in plank position, hands on the floor underneath your shoulders and feet shoulder width apart. Keeping your back as straight and unmoving as possible, lift your left leg and right arm off the ground. Doesn’t matter how high you hold it or where, just hold it. 30 seconds if you can, moving as little from your start position as possible. Do the opposite with right foot up and left arm. Keeping your abs tucked in, making a straight line from shoulders to feet, hold 30 seconds on each side, 4 times each side and you should feel it across your back and core. If this is pretty tough, do it from your hands and knees instead of in plank – same idea though.

– Back balance: Take a towel and roll it up length wise as tight as you can – or a foam roller if you have it, or your yoga mat tightly rolled. Lie on it lengthwise so it lines up with your spine. Keeping your feet together and legs straight, lift them off the ground attempting to balance around your spine. Put your arms out to the sides for balance, but try to not touch the floor. Keep your abs tight, and adjust the wobbliness with your back. You should feel it in your mid/lower back. Careful not to let your back arch when doing this – tuck your pelvis in tilting it towards your head and pressing your whole back on that roller. Hold for 30-45 seconds at a time (60 if possible) for 5 times and your back and core should be burning. You’ll probably find one side burning more than the other – that’ll be your weaker side.

– One leg squat n touch: balancing on your left leg bend your knee and lower to a squat, touching your left foot with your right hand, press up and switch sides. Do this 20 times in a set and 3 sets and you’ll feel it in your thighs, back, butt and core.

– The Ice Dancer: Standing, raise both arms straight above your head. Stand on your left leg, slight bend in your knee. Pivot from the waist, tilting your torso forward and countering your weight by extending your right leg straight behind. Hold for 1 minute, repeat on opposite leg, and do this 5 times.

– Side plank hold: From plank position, turn your body to the right so that your right side now faces the ceiling. Stack your right foot on top of your left so the only parts touching the ground are your left hand and foot. Reaching your right hand up towards the ceiling and looking at it, keep your core tight, making a straight line from shoulder to toe. Hold for 30-60 seconds, repeat on the opposite side, and do this 5 times each side.

These exercises are very yoga like, but focus on your core, balance and back. Do these types of exercises as often as you can to build your body stability, balance and prevent injury. I hope you kept pushing through this 10 day Anywhere Workout Challenge and enjoyed the exercises, I know I did!

Know of some other cool exercises you can do at home? Share!


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