Castle Coop’s #FridayFitness Class: Exercise of the week:
Today’s #FridayFitness exercise is the Toe-touch
Gosh! Did you know that exercising to improve flexibility is just as important as doing cardio or strength exercises? And… according to our instructor who takes the #FridayFitness class in Castle Coop Village Hall, apparently toe-touches are the No. 1 whizz exercise at improving flexibility because they stretch your shoulders, back and leg muscles, & in particular, the hamstrings. Having never thought about it up to now, I realize I’d love to have flexible hamstrings – they sound so pleasantly springy to walk about on.
I’ve also just learnt that toe-touches are multi-tasking. They are the original BOGOF except you get 4 for one – what a bargain! Just look at the bang you get for flexing your buck…
- Better posture – no more walking around with a book on your head!
- Less muscle tension and soreness – save money formerly spent spray-on pain relief!
- Reduced risk of injury – hmmm… I’m keeping the jury out on that one as that’s what they told me about the squat …
- More relaxation for the mind and body- Ah ha! What’s not to like if I can spend more time relaxing my mind & body – maybe while lying on the sofa?
Having researched the toe-touch carefully in order to be fully informed, I’ve decided that whether standing up or lying down on the sofa, correctly speaking there are only 2 proper ways to perform the toe-touch. Funnily enough, exercise manuals & instructors only seem to cover Method 1 which personally I’ve always found unsatisfactory.
Method 1. (not recommended):
Speaking from my own experience, the least rewarding way to perform the toe-touch is to do it in practice:
In practice, I have to confess there is a depressing amount of scope for improvement. My body appears to be built with too much surplus middle area for my waist to work as a decent fulcrum upon which to pivot. This tiny design flaw means my arms are simply too short to come anywhere near my toes & I am disappointed time after time.
Method 2. (recommended):
The most gratifying way to perform the toe-touch is to do it in theory:
In theory, I am a skilled practitioner of the toe-touch. In my imagination I am extremely flexible (and graceful) – a thoroughly lean, mean, flexi-machine. I think nothing of touching my toes whilst executing the splits and can remain in this position for as long as it takes to recite the alphabet backwards.
Yours possibly a tad inflexible in practice but bending like a reed in theory,
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So as you know what we are doing, so far we have practiced:
Our class is held at 10.30am in the Village Hall – we all drink coffee together after the class and eat Brownies kindly cooked by Lady Sebright. They are delicious and immediately undo all the good work of our class.