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Family fitness: Challenge 3




By now you probably are a master of standing on one leg or walking on your toes, meaning that your core and your glutes are getting stronger. Let’s try now to make your spine more flexible.

CHALLENGE 3: TOUCH YOUR TOES

HOW:

· Bend forward with a rolling down movement to reach your feet

· Try to keep your legs extended, but if you feel discomfort relax the knees

· Do not force the movement reach just as far as you can

· Have a ruler handy to measure how far your hands are from the floor

· Roll down 5 times slowly and check the distance from the floor, the first time and the last one, check if there is a difference

· For the challenge, keep the record of the last attempt and do it for 5 continuous days

PROGRESSION

Try to go one inch further down or resting your hands on the floor if you are more flexible.

HOW LONG:

· Do not keep the position for too long; the goal is doing a fluent and slow movement

· Do it for 5 days to check your improvement

WHEN:

In the middle of your day, so that you are not very tight after a sleep night or a hard day full of activities.

KEY POINTS:

· Roll your spine down vertebra by vertebra, like peeling your spine off an imaginary wall

· Do not push too hard at the end

· Try to keep your weight on your toes rather than leaning back onto your heels

· If you feel discomfort on your lower back or hamstrings, relax your knees

· Breath out through the mouth as you roll down

MORE CHALLENGE?

Hold your legs and try to bring your face closer to your legs. Hold it for about 10 seconds.

BENEFITS

· Encourages spine mobility

· Stretches hamstrings and calves

· Helps to release lower back tension

· Assists with the correction of poor posture

BADGE AWARDED

The one who can go closer to the floor gets the badge: The BENDY



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