"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.
Learn how to correct one of the 6 Common Walking Problems that limit the benefits you get from exercise walking. Avoid creating repetitive stress injuries that rob you of time, money and fun. Transform walking problems into walking solutions.
3. Twisted Gait to Balanced Gait
The Problem: Most of us have a stronger leg that pushes off harder when we walk.