Exercise – Where Do I Begin?

The first step to any exercise program is the decision to start! Making a commitment to yourself to become more active will require a lifestyle change, but it’s one of the best commitments you can make for your health. Once you’ve made that decision, where do you begin? Sometimes that thought can overwhelm us, causing us to give up before we’ve even started. There are so many things to choose from!

Here are some tips to beginning an exercise program that is right for you: Continue reading

Lawn Mowers

This is a great move for building a strong back!

“Lawn Mowers” or Single Arm Dumbbell Rows

While grabbing a dumbbell in one hand, bend forward placing your opposite knee on a bench, keeping your back level with the ground. Keep your non-working hand on the bench for support. Start with the weight down by your side keeping your palm facing your body. Steadily lift the dumbbell by your side (the motion is like that of starting a lawn mower) concentrating on your back doing the work rather than your bicep. Keep the motion slow and controlled.

No gym? You can also perform this exercise without a bench.  Get into a lunge, placing your non-working forearm on your thigh for support.  Perform the motion the same way. This is a great way to work on core stability as well.

Rows in Plank Posistion

This move targets your back, shoulders, chest and core…talk about an all-in-one move!

Start in the “up” of a pushup, or plank position, with feet shoulder width apart or wider. Row your right arm up until your hand reaches your rib cage. Lower it and repeat the row with your other hand (that’s one).  Keep your back flat and don’t let your hips turn too much. To add weight, hold a dumbbell in each hand while performing. Pick a weight that allows you to fatigue around rep 5-10. If you are a true beginner, you can start without weight and build up.

Here’s a Video that demonstrates this move.