If squats, lunges, and shoulder presses aren’t working for you, it’s time to look to the animal kingdom for inspiration. Animal-inspired routines are sweeping the fitness world, from the downward dog and cat stance to bear crawls and kangaroo hops.
Humans may lack the strength in their legs to jump as high as a kangaroo, but that’s where specially constructed footwear comes in handy.
Kangaroo jumpers wear shoes that are meant to reduce joint impact, making it a gentler way to exercise than standard jogging and jumping.
Let’s face it, this one isn’t for the faint of heart. Don’t worry, this isn’t a fancy take on the worm breakdance move (though if you’re feeling it, go ahead and do it). Start in a standing position and bend your knees to bring your hands to the ground in a high “V” position. Slowly walk your hands forward on the ground until you’re in plank position, then return them to your feet till you’re standing again. This exercise improves stability and develops your core, glutes, chest, and deltoids while also stretching your hamstrings.
Yoga and the natural environment are inextricably linked. This yoga stretch is a terrific way to wake up your body and mind in the morning. Your abs, shoulders, chest, buttocks, and back will all feel it.
To do a cobra posture, lie down on your stomach on a yoga mat and place your hands about shoulder-width apart on either side of your chest. Namaste your anxieties away by pointing your toes and gently pulling your chest up and forward. Hold for a few breaths and namaste them away.
I’m not going to have you execute an awkward crab walk, but crab toe-touches will still provide a nice exercise. Begin in a crab stance, with your hands beneath your shoulders, feet on the floor, and hips pointing high. Switch sides after lifting your right arm to touch the toes of your left foot.