Floor Exercises to Get You Started

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Floor exercises are easy to do and can get you on the right track to fitness if you have been slacking off. Certain floor exercises can help you to feel the underlying layer of muscle the next day, without the soreness that usually accompanies new exercises. You can even get your warm-ups and cool-downs in on the floor with no trouble.

Overhead Stretch

To start, lie on the floor with your legs straight out and your feet just a few inches apart. Bring your arms up over your head, slightly bent at your elbows. Move a hand and knee towards each other, while keeping the other leg straight on the ground while your heel pressed into the floor and your foot flexed and perpendicular to the floor. Return the arm and leg slowly to the original position, feeling the resistance. Repeat on the other side.

Tantrum Move

To start the tantrum move, place your hands underneath your bum. Keep your back flat on the floor and bring your knees up to a right angle. Make sure that your feet are flexed and your knees don’t sag and put pressure on your back. Bring one foot down and touch it to the ground, while keeping the opposite leg at the 90 degree angle. Raise the foot back to the starting position at the same time that the other leg is lowering. Continue for several repetitions, being careful to maintain your form.

Touch Knees

This exercise start with you in a sitting position, with your legs and arms spread. Keep your feet flexed and only spread your legs as wide as they can go with the back of your legs staying completely on the floor and straight. Reach both arms out toward one of your knees, keeping your shoulders pressed down. Hold for a few seconds, then return to the center and reach towards the opposite knee.

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