If you're in school, you sit in class for the greater part of the day. Yet as a human being, you're meant to move and be active. Taking your mind and body off movement can be, in a sense, toxic. Multiple studies floating around have paired sitting with shorter life spans, as well as being more injury-prone during athletics.
Crawling exercises can reverse some of the negative effects of prolonged sitting. Even after about 10 minutes of sitting, your body releases stress hormones and decreases its testosterone. Crawling exercises improve your nervous system and build full-body coordination and strength.
Here are four crawling exercises that work on linear and lateral movement in both the prone and supine positions. They will also build your upper and lower body and work your core.
Try these crawling routines at the end of your workout once or twice each week.
1. Bear Crawl x 30 yards
2. Crab Walk x 30 yards
3. Wheelbarrow Walks x 30 yards
4. Lateral Crawl x 30 yards
Repeat 2-3 times. Rest for 1-2 minutes between sets.
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