Exercise is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle, but sometimes the gym or running trail just seem a little too far away. Luckily, you can bring the gym to you with these simple exercise ideas from the wellness coaching experts at IMUA Orthopedics, Sports & Health in Honolulu, HI.
Simple, equipment-free, and doable anywhere, bodyweight exercises make it easy to transform your living room floor into a full-body gym. Work up a healthy sweat anytime, anywhere with these bodyweight exercise basics from IMUA Orthopedics, Sports & Health.
Planks are the pinnacle of functional strength exercises. Even the most basic of these effective exercises engages over 20 muscles, including the back, arms, shoulders, glutes, and legs. They’re also a low-risk, high-benefit core workout. For a basic plank, start on your hands and knees, with hands directly below shoulders and fingers spread wide. Lift your knees and press back through your heels, aligning shoulders above your hands and heels above your toes. Hold your core tight, keeping the body in a straight line. Start by holding for 30 seconds, lengthening the hold as you build strength. And don’t forget to breathe! Once you master the basics, try some fun variations to increase strength and enliven your workout.
Squats are the supreme low-body exercise, building functional strength in the glutes, quads, hamstrings and hips. These overachievers also engage the core, build bone density, and improve your balance. For a basic squat, start by standing up straight, feet spread just over shoulder-width, with knees over the ankles and hips over the knees. Bring your arms out in front of you, parallel to the ground, shoulders rolled back and down. Exhale to bring the hips back. Bend the knees, continuing the hips’ backward trajectory and keeping your chest and shoulders upright. Go as low as your flexibility allows, then drive your weight through your heels as you come back to standing. Try variations like this squat side-kick to add interest, build balance, and activate new muscles.
A commitment to supporting healthy lifestyles, osteopathic manipulation, and orthopedic surgery is only the beginning at this comprehensive practice. Their holistic view to health combines sports medicine, nutrition, and wellness coaching with conservative therapies, supporting both effective recovery and continued health. By backing their surgical and non-operative treatments with nutrition and wellness coaching, they can help you find pain relief that lasts.
For more support for your healthiest lifestyle, visit the professionals at IMUA Orthopedics, Sports & Health. From wellness coaching and nutrition to osteopathic manipulation, these orthopedic doctors offer everything you need to find health and healing. Visit their website to learn more about how their conservative approach can help you heal, or call (808) 521-8170 to schedule an appointment with their team today.