Smarter Health: Exercise moves (kind of) like Jagger
Plié, Pirouette, Grand jeté, first position, second position...oh yes, we are talking ballet today, because, well, it is Ballet Day! Now, I haven't put on a tutu in three decades, but I love going to the ballet and watching the dancers move with such grace and beauty. Why shouldn't we e inspired today by the unofficial holiday and do some exercise moves ala ballet dancers? I gathered a few from Shape magazine and Livestrong.
Stretch it out
Stretching helps keep you limber - and create long and lean lines. Lie on your back and bring your leg up and back toward your head while holding onto your ankle, trying to keep get your leg straight. Hold for a few seconds - don't bounce it, just pull it gently to go further. Then switch legs.
Doing a basic plié works that tush and those thighs and that core tummy area. Stand with feet a bit a part, feet facing out. Breath in, bend your knees so they go over your feet slowly and then rise back up into the starting position. You can hold onto a chair back if you need to -- and be sure to tuck in your tush and tighten the tummy as you do it.
This will work those leg muscles. Get on the floor, on hands and knees, and bring a knee into your chest and then kick it back straight, as if doing an arabesque, tightening your core and fully extending your leg back and up. Do 30 on each side.
Have you ever taken ballet? What about your kids? Share your favorite moves (ballet or otherwise)!