There once was a time when I owned (ok I still DO own) a Nintendo Wii Fit. Any other proud souls claim the same? Come on, don’t be ashamed. When you can make a little Wii character that looks JUST like you, it’s pretty easy to love. Remember that balance board? There was a program that ‘gaged’ your fitness level based a few key moves on magic ‘lil square. Reminiscing about it lead me to create this balance and agility workout.
This workout is a little bit more difficult than maintaining your balance on a 1-inch raised balance board, but what’s a sweat session without a little cardio, strength, and “stelth-like moves that would make a ninja jealous”?
Fitness focused on balance and coordination seems like a simple concept, but it can look easier than it is. Form and concentration rules this workout. And using your core muscles to maintain stability is absolutely key.
You’ll love this workout for a few reasons 1. you will engage those large muscles almost instantly, 2. you might try some things you never have before 3. it’s a nice change of pace from running/HIIT/weight training. PLUS all that concentration to stay balanced will take your mind off any negative vibes lingering in yo head all day. Therapy and working out? Perrrrrfect. Lord knows I could use therapy some days…
Power Side Lunges
Start with your left foot planted, right foot extended out to the site and off the ground. Bend your left elbow and bring your hand right in front of your shoulder. Next, bend your left knee to lower your body towards the ground, taking three counts to get to your lowest position. Keep your right foot off the floor and maintain your balance the entire time. Then extend your left knee and jump up to your highest position, switching your arms. Land back on your left foot and do 6 repetition on the left side, then 6 repetitions on the right.
Start with your right arm extended out and across your body (elbow bent, right hand touching your left shoulder). Bend your knees into your lowest squat position. Jump up and out to the side, as you switch arms and land. Do this side-to-side hop for 30 seconds.
Mario Lunge Jumps
Start with your right leg extended behind your body, foot off the floor, and right hand directly in front of your right shoulder. Bend your left knee to lower your body to the ground, taking three counts to get to your lowest position. Keep your right foot off the floor and maintain your balance the entire time. Next, extend your left knee and jump up to your highest position, switching your arms then landing back on your left leg. Do this for 6 repetitions on your left side, then 6 repetitions on your right.
Start with your left leg extended behind and across the midline of your body, left arm extended out and across your chest. Bend your right knee into a lunge position and make sure your left foot is off the ground. Using that bent supporting leg as momentum, swing your left leg over to the left as you hop up to your highest position. Land in with your left leg, right leg sweeping behind and across your body. Do this repeatedly for 30 seconds.
Balance Swan Dives
Stand with your feet together and extend your arms overhead. Bend forward at your waist and lift your right leg behind your body as you extend your arms out to your sides, parallel with you shoulders. Keep your balance as you swing your arms out to the front of your body. Next, slowly lower your arms towards the ground. Lastly, place your right foot back on the ground and lift your chest, standing in the original position. Do these slow and controlled, yet fluid moves for one minute.