Have Fun Working Up a Sweat
By Khristine Clark Hammond, MS CSCS
After nearly 20 years of working as a fitness professional, I have developed a discriminating eye when it comes to the seemingly unending stream of “new” fitness products in the market. Some turn out to be revolutionary, others are not. In 2006, I attended a conference where I learned about a new and effective workout known as “Gliding”. The idea was developed by fitness guru Mindy Mylrea while she was playing around with paper plates on the carpeted floor of her den.
The glider, which has become very popular among fitness professionals, utilizes two discs. Gliding discs come in two varieties. The nylon version is designed for hardwood floors and the hard Frisbee-like version is for carpet. You can either purchase Gliding discs online, or you can make your own using two potholders on hardwood floors or two Frisbees on carpet. Place the balls of your feet on each disc leaving your heels as a brake. Gliding allows you to replace abrupt, high-impact movements with low-impact fluid motions. The gliders work your core muscles as you try to maintain control and avoid slipping. Gliding can re-energize common exercises. Try these familiar exercises with gliders so you can have a new experience. (Remember to discuss with your physician prior to starting any new exercise routine.)
Lower Body Gliding Workout
For each exercise, complete two to three sets of 10 reps on each leg.
Back Lunge Slide
Side Lunge Slide
Be creative, have fun, and enjoy the glide!