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These exercises not only increase metabolism, but enhance brain health! How? Via physical movement, brain stimulation, stress management, and socialization (if done in a group setting), these simple exercises can improve health and wellness.

Cross Crawl: Stand or sit, and march in place, touching one hand to the opposite knee, then switch. Continue for 4 – 8 breaths to integrate both hemispheres of your brain.

Hookups: Stand with both feet on the floor; cross left leg over right ankle. Extend your arms with backs of your hands facing each other, and cross the left hand over the right. Join hands, palms facing. Inhale and place the tongue flat against the roof of the mouth, about ¼” behind the front teeth. Exhale, lowering the tongue. Repeat the tongue placements for 4 – 8 breaths to increase energy.

The Owl: Grasp your right shoulder with the left hand, near the neck and squeeze firmly. Deep inhale, then exhale; turn your head to look over your right shoulder. Inhale and return to center. Drop your head forward and exhale. Repeat the above for 3 or more breaths, then switch sides.

*Condensed from Idea Fitness Journal, Sept 2017, “The Smart Way to Move”, by Terry Eckmann, PhD

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