One of our fitness ambassadors (and an all-around amazing woman, mom, etc.) is fitness guru and personal trainer Hilary Hagner. She embraced our FitnessMats early and is so amazing, she has offered to provide us exclusive tips for maintaining a healthy heart. And no worries, you do not need to be a gym buff to tackle these simple fitness moves! Basic stretching paired with basic aerobic and strengthening exercises will whip your heart into great shape! All in the comfort of your own home and on the comfort of our newest addition: FitnessMats.
1. Stretch + Prep Your Muscles: “Inchworm with Push-Up”
This exercise is sure to build a strong upper body and strong wrists while giving your hamstrings a nice stretch.
How to: Start in the standing position at the end of your FitnessMat, reach down towards your toes (giving yourself a stretch in the hamstrings), bend your knees in order to place your hands on the floor. Walk your hands out in front of you until your shoulders are directly over your wrists. From there, perform a push-up, then with slightly bent knees walk yourself all the way back to the starting standing position. I will only perform this exercise on a FitnessMat because any other mat can not only be painful to the wrist, but can also be damaging to your cartilage. Perform 5-10 reps, 3-5 times.
2. Promote a healthy heart: “Single-Leg Mountain Climber”
This exercise will help strengthen your quadriceps, ankle joint, and overall upper body while spiking up your heart rate which in turn builds a stronger heart.
How to: Start in a push-up position (your hands should be placed at the farthest width of your FitnessMat). If your arms are long, then I would encourage you to place your hands just outside of the FitnessMat. With feet together, lift your right leg up in the air and then bend your knee (while bringing your right foot towards your glutes). While stabilizing on your left foot, bend your left knee. From there pop your left foot towards your hands. Your hips will lift up towards the ceiling as you do so. Pop your left foot back out to starting position, hips will lower back down. Keep repeating on your left leg for 30-45 seconds. Then repeat on the right leg.
3. Strengthen your muscles: “Low Plank- Alternating Reach”
This exercise will help strengthen your core and shoulders while promoting good overall body posture.
How to: Start in a low plank position on your FitnessMat. Once stable reach as far as you can out in front of you with your right arm as if to grab something. Return your elbow back to starting position and repeat on the left arm. Keep alternating arms for 30-60 seconds while keeping good form. Do a total of 3-6 sets.
So are you with us?! Hilary Hagner’s 3 step work out is so simple you can do it in the comfort of your own home using nothing other than your FitnessMat! #NoExcuses .