The Swiss Army Knife was my trusted tool for many years when backpacking through wilderness areas, and years later when I cruised through the Bahamas. The handy scissors, tweezers, knife, screwdrivers, and awl were my favorites. Now I rely on the Leaning Plank Series as a handy tool to swiftly get my body into balanced alignment. Here are the many benefits you can expect.
To help my dance teacher Anna return to greater mobility following a spinal fracture, I introduced her to the Leaning Plank exercises I had been developing. She’d been in pain and inactive for a few months. We were at her oceanside home at Sea Ranch. From the kitchen counter we could watch the coastal cypress
"This one exercise does it all," said Anna, my dance teacher, as she demonstrated a plank position against her studio wall. "Stand tall, Suki. Lean. Bring in your belly (toward your backbone) so you stay straight. Hold. Can't you feel your core strengthening? Now try some push-ups. Can you feel how your back strength connects to your core?"
I was skeptical that the Leaning Plank could be the Swiss Army knife of exercise until I began exploring its seemingly endless variations.
Want to age more gracefully, keep your mind sharper and prevent a range of problems? Correct Forward Head, the 6th Common Walking Problem, to maximize the benefits you get from daily walking. With every step you can transform walking problems into walking solutions.
6. Forward Head? Lift and align your head, neck, and shoulders for a more youthful appearance.
The Problem: Cell phone use, computing, and driving can all contribute to poor posture and Forward Head. The problem has become so common that airline seats
Correct one of the 6 Common Walking Problems that limit the benefits of exercise walking. Avoid creating repetitive stress injuries that rob you of time, money and fun. Transform walking problems into walking solutions.
5. From Upper Body Back to Lifted & Aligned
The Problem: When we carry a heavy package to our chest, like a laundry basket or a baby, we naturally shift our upper body backward to balance the combined weight. All too frequently this posture becomes a habit.
Correct slumping, one of the 6 Common Walking Problems with the 'Shirt Pull' exercise that students love to do - because it works. Stay tuned each week for simple solutions. Transform walking problems into walking solutions.
4. From Slumping to Light & Lifted
The Problem: When we slump we are out of postural alignment in gravity - and gravity will win.