Frank Forencich is an author, a trainer, and the creator of the Exuberant Animal method, a health-leadership group that focuses on natural human movement and functional strength. He's been tapped by companies like Mattel, General Electric, and Google to teach employees the importance of primal movement. Here, he shares five simple exercises that will help you become more connected with your body to improve basic function.
Squat deeply but comfortably on the ground, with your hands in front of you, free to work at ground level, as if you're a caveman chipping stones or digging for roots. Maintain this position for a minute, then do a "chimp shuffle." With your hands on the ground, shift your body a few feet to the left or right, then settle back into the squat. Repeat until you get a rhythm. This helps increase flexibility in the hips, hip abductors, and hamstrings, and relieves back pain caused by excess sitting.
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