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3 Quick Workouts You Can Do While Brushing Your Teeth

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Think you don’t have any time to exercise? It’s just a matter of multi-tasking! If you’re a good tooth-brusher, you spend two full minutes at the sink, twice a day. Most likely, you don’t do much else in that time-and that’s valuable time that could be used for a speedy workout!

Here are a few exercises you can easily power through before it is time to spit out the toothpaste:

  1. Squats: This is a great movement to improve flexibility and strengthen your whole lower body and core. To do a proper squat, pull your hips and bottom back as you sit towards the floor, making sure your knees do not protrude past your toes. Keep your heels on the floor, your back flat and your toes facing outward. When squatting down, your knees should also push out, following the direction of your toes – be sure that your knees do not cave inward. Try to do as many squats as possible as you brush.
  2. Lunges: Here’s another a quick movement you can repeat quite a few times in two minutes. Lunges are great for toning your thighs and also help strengthen the hips. To do a proper lunge, keep your upper body straight, your shoulders back and your core tight. Step forward with one leg and lower your hips until your front knee is bent at a 90-degree angle and your back knee is touching the ground. Ensure that your front knee is directly above the ankle and not pushed out past it. Then repeat on the other side.
  3. Calf raises: Calf raises are a great way to help tone and shape your legs, and are very easy to perform. Simply stand with your feet directly over your hips. Then lift and lower your heels in a slow and controlled motion.

Challenge yourself to work a few movements into your bathroom routine every time you brush.

Sources:

  • http://www.realsimple.com/health/fitness-exercise/stretching-yoga/stretching-exercises/the-standing-side-stretch
  • http://300poundsandrunning.com/friday-5-5-exercises-you-can-do-while-brushing-your-teeth/
  • http://lifehacker.com/five-exercises-you-can-do-while-brushing-your-teeth-881615485