Workout Wednesday #15

by DavalosMcCormack on March 25, 2009

Lots of people point to the lack of things as one of the reasons they don’t work out as much as they would like; the lack of time; the lack of a convenient gym; the lack of energy. But really, the only thing stopping you from being active anywhere, anytime, is a lack of imagination. So, imagine this. An exercise to really work your legs and bottom, without ever leaving the comfort of your living room.

To do this exercise the only piece of equipment you’ll need is a wall. Most of us have that so no excuses.

First, pick a wall that doesn’t have any pictures on it or nails sticking out. Those always hurt.

Second, standing upright, place your back flat against the wall with your feet about one foot away from the wall.

Now keeping your feet planted, slide down the wall until your hips are parallel to your knees, or at least as close as you can get without putting too much strain on your knees, particularly to begin with. At this point your knees should be directly over your ankles and you should be in a sitting position. If your knees are actually touching your ankles you should either contact an orthopedic surgeon or Cirque de Soleil.

Keep your back pressed against the wall and place your hands comfortably on your thighs or just let them hang, whichever you prefer.

Hold this position for one minute or as long as you can manage.

Slide back up the wall and shake out your legs. Do that several times to begin with and you’ll really help develop good leg muscles.

The more you do it the longer you should hold the position and the more repetitions you should do.

If you want to add another element you could always get some hand weights and do some arm curls while you are sitting against the wall.

A twofer.. can’t say fairer than that.

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