Daily Challenge Sunday Apr. 20, 2014

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 with your hands flat behind your hips. Lift your feet until shins are parallel with the floor.

How to do it

Sit on the floor, hands planted behind your hips. Bend your knees to position your feet flat on the ground. Fingers and toes should point forward. Lean back slightly and slowly lift your heels off the floor, bending your elbows to shift weight to your sit bones. (This is the part of your pelvis under the flesh of your buttocks.) Try to keep your spine straight! Keep lifting your feet until your shins are parallel to the floor. Using your hands for support and balance, hold the pose for 15 seconds.

Why it matters

In half boat pose, all the focus is on the muscles that make up your core: abdominals, hip flexors, and lower back. We call on our core while getting dressed in the morning, lifting objects, or sitting and standing still. Building a strong and flexible core gives your body a sturdy foundation for these tasks.

Fun fact

A scuttlebutt is a cask on a ship or boat that is used to hold drinking water. Sailors used to gather around the scuttlebutt for a drink of water and exchanged gossip, so "scuttlebutt" has become a slang term for rumors or gossip.

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