Daily Challenge Monday Apr. 23, 2012
Healthy Behaviors is about lifestyle habits, namely healthy eating and physical activity, which have proven connections to lifelong health and disease prevention.
Hold on to a chair or table, lower yourself into a frog-like squat, and repeat 4 times.
How to do it
Stand with your weight evenly distributed and your feet aligned beneath your shoulders. Point your toes out slightly. While holding on to a chair or table, lower yourself into a squatting position by bending your knees and lowering your seat toward the floor while keeping your spine straight. Go down as far as you comfortably can, then slowly return to a standing position. Repeat four more times. To make this more challenging, try it without holding on to anything.
Why it matters
Making like a frog is great for flexibility! Squatting stretches your calf muscles, hamstrings, and groin muscles. It can help to strengthen your thigh muscles, and the open-hip position of the stretch may also relieve knee pressure. If you do this stretch without a chair or table, it will also boost your balance, as the position calls on you to stay low to the ground but maintain a straight back.
The world's largest frog, the Goliath of West Africa, grows almost 12 inches (31 cm) in length, weighs up to 7 pounds (3 kg), and can easily clear 10 feet (305 cm) in a single hop.