You must crawl before you can walk...
Let’s take it back….WAY BACK. Let’s go all the way back to when we were babes just crawling around, being as mobile as ever without knee pain and all the other aches we live with today. No matter where you are in your fitness relationship…if you’re just diving in, awesome and welcome sis! And if you’re a seasoned athlete/fitness enthusiast that has been pushing your body to its limits for a while now, we’re glad you’re here too:)
One thing that we all have in common no matter what fitness level we're on is fatigue. There will be a time where your body will tell you it is not feeling 100% and that its time to lay off the gas a bit. A rest day may be in your near future when this happens or maybe just a simple switch up of your routine to something of lower impact.
Both of us here at TAG are busy bodies and love to keep our bodies in motion everyday. Over the years we have experienced our fair share of knee injuries and have had to modify how we work out. We incorporate a multitude of low impact workouts throughout the week when our bodies give us that warning sign that it is craving something different than the HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) we gravitate towards.
One of our favorite low impact workout styles is animal movement. By incorporating movements we learned when we were babies we can repair and prevent injury, improve flexibility, and build strength and stability! These are playful, mindful movements that are less stressful on your body, yet equally challenging as any other workout. Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself and have fun with this. Channel your spirit animal and get into it! Below is an animal movement workout for you to try! Not going to lie....pretending to be a lion or a monkey while doing this flow can be very entertaining! Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions!
Animal Movement Workout:
3-5 rounds, 16 total reps each exercise
Crab Reach Down Regulation: 8 reps each arm
Downward Dog Crunch with Leg Extension: 8 reps each leg
Side Traveling Ape: 8 reps each way
Traveling Beast: 8 reps, 4 strides forward and 4 strides back is 1!
Side Kick Through: 8 reps each side
Single Leg Hip Extension: 8 reps each leg
Forearm Plank with Reach Through: 8 reps each side
RAWR! And you're done!
Check out the full animal flow here: http://blog.naturalhealthyconcepts.com/2014/12/10/workout-wednesday-the-animal-flow-workout/
Let us know how it goes below!
T & G