Daily Challenge Tuesday Apr. 10, 2012

Healthy Behaviors
Healthy Behaviors

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Healthy Behaviors is about lifestyle habits, namely healthy eating and physical activity, which have proven connections to lifelong health and disease prevention.

Everyday Well-Being

Sit in a chair and alternately raise your left and right knee toward your chest, 5 times each.

How to do it

Sit up straight in a chair with your feet shoulder-width apart and flat on the floor. Raise your left knee toward your chest, as high as you comfortably can. Return your left foot to the floor. Next, do the same thing with your right knee. Lift each leg another five times.

Why it matters

It might be hard to believe that an exercise you can do slowly and while seated could offer health benefits, but it's true! "Seated marching" strengthens the muscles of your hips, thighs, and lower abdominal core, which improves balance and increases hip flexibility. Also, even though you're sitting down, your heart rate will increase, giving you a nice aerobic workout.

Fun fact

The two NASA astronauts in the 1965 Gemini 7 mission spent 330 hours (almost 14 days) seated in their space capsule.

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