Today's Daily Challenge Tuesday Mar. 11, 2014
Healthy Behaviors is about lifestyle habits, namely healthy eating and physical activity, which have proven connections to lifelong health and disease prevention.
Sit up straight in a chair, extend your legs, cross right leg over left, switch sides, and repeat.
How to do it
Sit up straight in a chair that does not have wheels. Put your hands on your hips and extend your legs straight out in front of you. Point your toes and cross your right leg over your left at the ankle. Next, switch sides so your left leg crosses over your right. Quickly repeat eight more times, alternating sides as you go.
Why it matters
It takes a lot of different muscle groups to make this scissor move successful! The leg motion requires you to engage muscles in both your inner and outer thighs. The move also calls on your core (can you feel those abdominal muscles working hard as you scissor your legs?). A strong core helps with everyday activities like bending or twisting and can help prevent back pain.
It's believed that the first pair of scissors appeared in Mesopotamia between 3,000 and 4,000 years ago.