Day 1 Fitness: Standing Straight

There will always be debate as to what the most 'popular' fitness program is at any one time, but to my mind there will always be a clear winner: Day 1 Fitness.

What is Day 1 Fitness?

Day 1 Fitness is simply that day that people decide to 'have a go' at getting fitter. It could be the day they suddenly think they can jog, or the day they put that yoga DVD in the machine.

I don't for one minute want you to think I am knocking Day 1 Fitness, far from it, everyone needs Day 1 Fitness at some point. My problem with it is it is VERY rarely followed by Day 2 Fitness (you knew where I was going with this right!).

The Best Day 1 Fitness

The best way to learn ANYthing is to break it down into managable chunks and work on each chunk until you know it off pat (i.e. to know something so well that you can do it without having to try or think).

One of the 'selling' points of Walter Camp's Daily Dozen (and a point Internal Force Fitness has taken to its heart) is to:

Be so simple to remember and complete that there becomes no excuse NOT to do them!

In my opinion this is KEY – we all struggle to fit fitness in sometimes (regardless of what a lot of fitness journals tell us about there being PLENTY of time in the day). Even when we DO have the time, a full-on sweaty workout is not necessarily how we WANT to spend that time.

An Example of a GOOD Day 1 Fitness Program:

If you want to make today your own Day 1 Fitness – have a go at the following exercise: Stand up straight. Yep, that's it. Just stand up straight.

The Importance Of Standing Straight

Standing straight is the subject of a favourite poster of mine that I purchased from a school sale some years ago. This is the perfect tool to explain why the first movement of Walter Camp’s Daily Dozen – simply standing to attention – is such an excellent exercise in itself!

Stand Erect – The Muscles Which Help You To Stand Erect

Standing Straight

The poster really says it all, but just to confirm, by standing straight you are going to work the following muscles:

• Muscles of the front of the neck • Erector spinae muscles • Rectus abdominus muscles • Hamstring muscles • Muscles of the front of the thigh • Calf muscles • Shin muscles

Not bad eh? A low impact exercise that you can do anywhere and that works seven different areas!

Image what the other exercises in the Daily Dozen could do for you…

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