LONGEVITY (as I define it) is about aging successfully and gracefully. And to be truly CAPABLE…Being ABLE to do what we want to do and love requires us to be SMART about it… especially as we get older. Being strong in the gym for just the sake of being strong…is like exercising for just the sake of exercising. After a certain age, it just doesn’t cut it anymore…and it potentially causes more harm than good.
But on the other hand, MOVING INTENTIONALLY is smart and plays a huge part in our longevity.
See, conventional “wisdom” will have us believe that there are very “specific” exercises (ones that closely resemble the movements we need to perform daily) that are mandatory for us to practice in order to do what we want to do every day.
Unfortunately, these exercises fall under the category of…dare I say…FUNCTIONAL. Whatever that means anymore. 🤷
YES, developing and maintaining the ability to perform certain activities to live our life is crucial for the aging process. But buyer, beware! Because what if we don’t have “access” to the motion required for a LUNGE or any movement for that matter?
What if we’ve never exercised before or haven’t in a while? What do we do then?
Just do it? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
Considering that our risk of injury rises DRAMATICALLY as we age…this isn’t a smart approach. Make sense?
YES, the Lunge/Split Squat is essential for longevity. But requires a “prerequisite” ability to rotate. Think about our ability to “turn” (that most folks, especially older ones like me, for various reasons) don’t have access to.
So, what I have for you today is a great move to help you get started… SAFELY and EFFECTIVELY.
Check out my video below. 🔊 Sound ON!
Here’s what you’re gonna need: -Clear/Comfortable space. -“HIGH” Chair/Box -Book/Block (Approx 2in thick)
Here’s what you’re gonna do: 💡Find your 2 FOOT CONTACTS: 1) INSIDE HEEL 2) BASE of BIG TOE 🔑Start each exercise with an easy, relaxed exhale!
High Box Squat: -Start in a standing position with your RIGHT FOOT elevated on book/block
-LONG STRAIGHT ARM LOW reach -INHALE: Sit hips back/down. Push knees forward. 🔑Keep depth HIGH above parallel (Hips above knees!). Pause momentarily. -EXHALE: Forcefully and drive foot contacts into the ground. Keep knees unlocked at the top. Practice: 2-3rds x 10-15 reps
Practice 2-3x/week as part of your SMART strength routine, and enjoy feeling better afterward! Dedicated to your health and longevity, Mike New to my approach to strength and longevity? Check out my practice for reducing overall body tension and engaging the relaxation response FIRST. Then sign up for a Complimentary Assessment & 1 Free Orientation Session! I promise, no gimmicks, no pressure… just a discussion about you! Let’s get you moving better and feeling stronger. CLICK HERE to learn more.
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