Daily Challenge Monday Apr. 23, 2012

Everyday Well-Being

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.

Fun fact

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.


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