Sherri McMillan

Favorite At Home Exercises

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!!!

The holidays are upon us making it more difficult to get to the gym. The good news is you don’t need a gym to stay in shape over the holidays! Here’s my list of the most effective at home exercises!

Lunges:

lungebStand in a staggered stance with one leg positioned in front of the other leg.  Keep the front knee over top of the ankle or foot.  Keep the back knee underneath or slightly behind your hips.  Slowly lower the back knee towards the ground keeping the front knee over top the ankle/foot  the entire time. Only go as low as you feel comfortable.  Keep your body weight positioned over the front leg – this is your working leg.  Maintain proper posture and keep your abdominals contracted.  Complete 8-15 reps each leg.  Intermediate:  Same as above but lunge lower.  Advanced – Perform the same exercise as above but start to add resistance by holding weights.

Squats:

squatb Start by standing with your feet between hip and shoulder width apart.  Set your posture by contracting your abdominals, pressing your chest out and up and your shoulders back and down.  Start by slowly squatting backwards while keeping your kneecaps pointing forwards – avoid allowing your knees to collapse inwards. Try to keep your weight equally distributed on all 4 corners of your feet – avoid allowing your arches to collapse inwards.  Lower to a comfortable position. You’ll notice that your upper body will come forward slightly while your buttocks travel backwards.  Now slowly extend back up.  When getting started, you may want to just start with mini-squats until you master the technique and then start dropping lower and lower once your muscles get stronger. Perform a set of 8-12 or 10-15 reps.  As you progress, add resistance.

Push-ups:

pushuptoes2Beginner – Lie on your stomach.  Position your hands on the floor a few inches beside your shoulder.  Make sure that your elbows are directly over top or to the inside of your wrists.  Keep your abdominals contracted and your back in its neutral position.  Now slowly push up keeping your knees down and slowly lower down to the starting position.  Perform 8-15 repetitions with a break in between each one.   (Placing your hands on an incline like a bench, step or wall, or staying on your knees will provide a more gentle entry level option also).  Intermediate – Perform the same exercise as above but remain on your toes. Feel free to take breaks in between in rep.  As you advance, remove the breaks.

Plank:

planktoesStart by lying on your belly with your elbows directly below your shoulders.  Curl your toes under and lift your body off the floor.  Pull your belly button toward your spine.  Remember to breathe.  To make the Hover a bit easier you can do it on your knees rather than your toes.  If you need more of a challenge you can lift one foot.  Try to build up your plank to 1-2 minutes.

vsitV-sits:

Sit upright with perfect posture – chest out, shoulders back.  Now slowly recline back a few inches while keeping your abdominals contracted and back in its neutral position.  Hold for 2-4 counts and then return to the starting position.  Continue for 60-90 seconds.

Running/Walking/Hiking:

Take 30 minutes during your busy season and just head outdoors. It’s a great workout, will release your mind, manage your stress and make you feel so much better!

Sherri McMillan, M.Sc. has been inspiring the world to adopt a fitness lifestyle for over 25 years and has received numerous industry awards including International Personal Trainer and Fitness Presenter of the Year. She is the author of five books including “Go For Fit – the Winning Way to Fat Loss” and “Fit over Forty” and is the featured presenter in various fitness DVDs.  She is the owner of Northwest Personal Training in downtown Vancouver and can be seen running, hiking or cycling with her two children, Brianna and Jackson.  She can be reached at www.nwPersonalTraining.com or www.ShapeupwithSherri.com

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Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan, holds a master's degree in exercise physiology and has been inspiring the world to adopt a fitness lifestyle for more than 30 years. She has received numerous industry awards including 2010 CanFitPro International Presenter of the Year, 2006 IDEA Fitness Director of the Year, 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, 1998 CanFitPro Fitness Presenter of the Year and 2005/2006 ACE Fitness Educator of the Year - Runner up. She is a fitness trainer, fitness columnist for various magazines and newspapers, author of five books and manuals including "Go For Fit - the Winning Way to Fat Loss" and "Fit over Forty" and the featured presenter in various fitness DVDs. She has presented hundreds of workshops to thousands of fitness leaders throughout Canada, Australia, Mexico, Jamaica, New Zealand, Germany, England, Spain, South America, Asia and the U.S. She is the owner of Northwest Personal Training in downtown Vancouver and Salmon Creek, hosts races at WHY Racing Events, participates in various community fundraisers and can be found running, biking, or hiking around the community. Find more information at nwpersonaltraining.com.

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