Exercise of the Month: Side to Side Step/Hop

Purpose:
BALANCE – Use it or lose it! shoulder strength and muscular endurance.

Benefits:

In addition to strength-training and cardiovascular exercise, it is important to include balance activities in your weekly routine. This simple and effective exercise can be done on any flat surface. It will improve ankle strength and stability. It will also engage your leg and core muscles. Balance exercises are a key factor in preventing injuries that occur with falls. Neuropathy in the hands and feet can often create challenges for cancer patients. Joint aches and pains can lead to decreased activity levels, therefore compromising balance. We all need to be doing balance work, it does a body good!

EXERCISE: Step or hop onto one foot, hold for a slow 3 second count. Keep a soft bend in the knee of the landing foot. Then, step or hop laterally onto the other foot, hold 3 seconds. Repeat this 8-10 times on each foot.

Sunflower Wellness presents this exercise with the assistance of WebExercises.com. A library of exercises of the month is available at Sunflowerwellness.org

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