It is officially springtime. The kids are out of school and our schedules are altered a bit for the week. Work hours get shifted, and, in some cases, our fitness gets thrown out the window.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Instead of letting chaos and boredom take over, get creative with the kids and keep yourself fitness-minded as well. Include the kids in your workout. It will keep them busy and introduce them to healthy habits.
Our move today may take you back to your PE class days. It is a windmill move, which is basically a standing diagonal toe touch. This move will be working your core and toning your chest, shoulders and lower body all in one. All you need for this move is an open area.
Begin this windmill move by placing your feet outside your hips, stand tall and extend both arms straight out away from your body. Keep your chest up and engage your core.
Keep the arms extended and proceed to reach your left arm diagonally across the front of your body, reaching toward your right toe. Once you have executed one sweeping movement, reverse and return to your starting position. Then, immediately begin reaching your right arm toward your left toe. Continue this alternating windmill movement, keeping your body in alignment — chest tall, neck neutral, and a strong back — because good form cuts down on many injuries.
Shoot for at least 10 reaches on each side, taking a small rest, then continue for at least three to five sets.
This is a great time to have the kids, and yourself, count aloud. Since this is a group effort, it keeps everyone accountable.
You can incorporate this move as a stretch or a warmup to any other exercises you choose. The kids will love it and you are not sacrificing your daily routine just because the weekly schedule is a little different.
Happy spring break.
— Marlo Alleva is a correspondent for The Ledger in Lakeland, Florida. She is an instructor at Gold’s Gym and group fitness coordinator at Fontaine-Gills YMCA, and can be reached at email@example.com.