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.
One-Leg Mini Squats
Stand on one leg with your knee slightly bent, then begin squats at a brisk pace. Adjust your posture to maintain balance and control. Advanced version: Do the same as the above while standing on your forefoot. Keep moving until your leg is fatigued, then switch sides. If necessary for balance, use a stick, tree, or wall for light support. This will improve muscle responsiveness in the quads, strengthen your knees against injury, and help build stabilizing muscles in your hips.
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