5 Minutes for Fitness: Thanks to our body

by Lisa

Get up and get moving this Thanksgiving Day and give thanks to your body! It is time to put down the bird and lace up your shoes instead.
Here is the plan:

Thank your legs: Do 1 minutes of squats, either on the wall or stand alone. Follow that with one minute of lunges. Thank your knees by being gentle and only going to the point of tension, not pain.

Thank your arms:
Push ups! (yes, you can!) I involve my son by doing as many as I can while he sings the ABC’s.

Thank your heart: Jog around your house or run up and down your stairs for several minutes. Work up a sweat and get your heart rate pumping!

Thank your abs:
Crunch time! Keep your abs drawn in and keep your lower back pressed into the floor. For added resistance, I like to place my baby on my stomach. He thinks it is great fun and I get a tougher challenge.

Thank your mind: We are an over-stressed society. Take a few minutes to bring some calm back into your life by meditating or doing some calming yoga stretches.

How are you giving thanks and moving MORE today?

This column is hosted by Lisa. She can be found doing squats and lunges over at Workout Mommy.



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1 Julie Donahue November 27, 2008 at 2:47 am

Great ideas. Now, if I can motivate myself to try some of them! :) I’ll “push” that thought around for a while. I’ll “weigh” my options. :)

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2 Susan November 27, 2008 at 3:16 am

Well that is definitely a unique way to look at Thanksgiving! Thanks for the great ideas.

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3 Terri Weston November 27, 2008 at 7:25 am

Happy thanksgiving to moms who want to stay fit!

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4 Alexandra November 27, 2008 at 7:58 am

We’re walking to & from my in-laws’ home for our Thanksgiving celebration today. It’s not too terribly far from us, but it’s quite a workout for a 38.5 week preggo lady, like myself ;)

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5 Courtney November 27, 2008 at 10:11 am

Hope you have a great Thanksgiving…I will give this a try!

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6 Janine November 27, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Blah, exercising it all off is for tomorrow. Eat, drink and be merry! Life’s too short!

One day off won’t kill us, right? :)

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7 Brianna November 29, 2008 at 4:26 pm

I made sure that Thanksgiving was my off-day so I could just enjoy! Yesterday was a strength day, today I got in my cardo. I was thankful for the break and happy to be working my way toward Christmas in a healthy, balanced way!

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8 HGH December 20, 2008 at 7:59 am

I enjoyed reading this post.I can try this surly.

Thank you,
Great post!

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9 Sytropin September 25, 2009 at 4:10 am

Excellent article on the five most important components to physical fitness. As I get older I’m starting to have more and more issues with flexibility myself. I finally see the importance of stretching before exercising!

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