For the first few days of this STYT Summer Countdown, we've been talking about individual strength. Today we are going to think about the strength we draw on and receive from others.
You know that phrase: "It takes a village." I probably say this sentence at least once a week..sometimes more. Usually I utter it when I'm referring to the act of raising my children. How would we get it all done without the help of our friends, family, neighbors, teachers, coworkers and sometimes strangers? In addition to an internal strength and drive, there are those external sources of energy, of strength that help us through challenging moments and experiences.
In honor of your village of strength, today's mental task is to take time to reflect on the external sources of strength for which you are grateful. As always...feel free to post here or just pause a moment and recognize your village of strength.
Today's physical task involves a buddy (or more). Grab a friend and tell him/her that there is strength in numbers and we are going to do this together.
Since it's already 10:45am, some of you may have gotten your exercise in today. No worries...the exercises I'm giving you won't take too long to add on today (or tomorrow if you gotta wait).
You are going to be recruiting some leg muscles with these.
While you are working all of these movements, pay special attention to that core area we've been discussing.
Keep your abs engaged (pull your belly button in towards your spine), shoulders back and down, spine long and "neutral."
Videos will follow. Here are your tasks.
Beginners: 30 seconds each
Experienced: 60 seconds each
1. Partner squats (see video)
2. Partner lunges: (see video)
3. V-sit with a twist...pass a 5-10 lb weight back and forth (you can pass a water bottle, a milk jug, there's even a viral video with two women passing a wine bottle!)
4. Partner plank high fives (see video)
Talk to you tomorrow.
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