I am so excited for March Matness! During the month of March, I will be posting mat exercises every few days that you try at home.
March 4th is a little late, but its never to late to start NOW.
My goal is to help you achieve a strong core, good posture, and a healthy mind. It takes some time, but if you follow me along through the month of March, I promise you won’t regret it. Below is the first exercise; The Hundred.
What are the many benefits to The Hundred?
- Helps create stronger core muscles – those ABS baby!
- Gets your blood moving FAST- a great warm-up to any exercise
- Develops trunk stabilization and increases endurance.
- Increases lung capacity and develops mindful breathing techniques into the back of the ribs.
How do I execute The Hundred?
Lye on your back with your knees bent, soles of your feet flat and your spine in a neutral position (soft, natural arch in your lower back). Keep your arms long by your side with palms facing down. Slowly lift your legs up into a tabletop position while keeping the inner thighs connected and feel your abdominals fire up to protect the maintain the lower back in a neutral position. Reach your fingertips away from your shoulders towards your feet while curling the chest (sternum leads the way) up. Feel your shoulders anchor down your back and relax your neck.
Step 1. Inhale (using active breathing) for a count of five, filling the lungs with air. Pump the arms with a slight emphasis on the downward movement – almost like you are pumping them through molasses or peanut butter 😉
Step 5. Exhale for a count of five, continuing to pump arms. Move from the shoulder joint, maintaining a stable torso – AVIOID letting your head and neck bounce.
Step 6. Repeat 10x until you complete a set of 100!