MoveWell

Making exercise convenient

We know it’s hard to make time for exercise, so we’ve designed MoveWell to be something you can do at home—or wherever you are—with no special equipment and no cost involved. We’ll post a different free online workout each month to keep you moving the whole year through. The workouts are great for all fitness levels, with “Make It Easier” and “Make It Harder” variations for each movement.

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Workout of the month—May

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Reminder: All adults should aim for a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise per week, which averages about 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week. We recommend performing this workout routine 2-3 days a week (on non-consecutive days) and choosing other activities like jogging, biking, swimming, yoga or group fitness classes on the other 2-3 days of the week.

Objective

This month’s workout features a series movements that can be performed using only a mat, a towel, a stopwatch or timer, a chair and your body. You can make each movement more challenging or easier, depending on your current fitness level. When the whole workout is performed, it provides a balanced dose of training for cardiorespiratory fitness, muscle endurance, balance and core stability.

Instructions

Begin with a 4-5 minute total-body warm-up. Use the sample below or something similar, or go for a short walk and do a few stretches. Then perform the exercises in this workout in order, with intervals of 40 seconds work to 20 seconds rest. If you are new to exercise, complete the workout two times, taking 1-2 minutes of rest between the first round and the second round. If you’re feeling up to it, repeat the workout a third or fourth time. Finish with about 5 minutes of wrap-up and stretches using the sample wrap-up below or something similar.

Disclaimer

You should consult your physician or other healthcare professional before beginning any exercise program. It’s important to understand that participating in an exercise program can lead to physical injuries. If you participate in MoveWell, you agree that you are doing so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in Movewell, and assume all risk of injury to yourself. If you engage in the MoveWell program, you agree to release and discharge Upstate Affiliate Organization d/b/a Greenville Health System and its affiliate organizations from any and all claims or causes of action related to or arising from your participation in the MoveWell program.

View a print-friendly version of the May workout here.

List of exercises

10-by-10 jogger

  • Make it easier: 10-by-10 march
  • Make it harder: Make movement bigger/faster

Jumping jacks with overhead towel press

  • Make it easier: 1/2 jack with overhead towel press
  • Make it harder: Star jumps

Mountain climber

  • Make it easier: Kneeling plank with leg lifts
  • Make it harder: Mountain runner

Prone I-Y-T

  • Make it easier: Prone I-Y
  • Make it harder: Maintain back extension during I-Y-T

Kneeling plank hand walk

  • Make it easier: Kneeling elbow plank
  • Make it harder: Plank hand walk

Isometric glute bridge with towel

  • Make it easier: Dynamic glute bridge with towel
  • Make it harder: Glute bridge with march

Boat pose with march

  • Make it easier: Grounded boat pose
  • Make it harder: Boat pose with double knee lift

Double-pump plie

  • Make it easier: Plie only
  • Make it harder: Add heel raise

Runner’s lunge (right)

  • Make it easier: Don’t reach as low/tap instead of knee lift
  • Make it harder: Add a jump

Runner’s lunge (left)

  • Make it easier: Don’t reach as low/tap instead of knee lift
  • Make it harder: Add a jump

Sample warm-up & sample wrap-up

Sample warm-up

Objective: This sample warm-up consists of 10 movement patterns organized to prepare the entire body for moderate to vigorous exercise. Movements should feel progressively larger and more challenging. The heart rate and core temperature should be slightly elevated at the completion of the sequence.

Instructions: Perform the movements in sequence, spending 30-60 seconds on each movement and transitioning immediately into the next exercise.

Total time: 5-10 minutes

 

  • Marching knee hug
  • Cross-body back step with overhead reach
  • Side shuffle + low reach
  • Low-intensity butt kicks
  • Alternating body hugs
  • Frankenstein cross-body kicks
  • Jump rope (invisible)
  • Side squat with towel chest press
  • Reverse lunge with towel overhead extension
  • Walking burpee

Sample wrap-up

Objective: This sample warm-up consists of 10 movement patterns organized to prepare the entire body for moderate to vigorous exercise. Movements should feel progressively larger and more challenging. The heart rate and core temperature should be slightly elevated at the completion of the sequence.

Instructions: Perform the movements in sequence, spending 30-60 seconds on each movement and transitioning immediately into the next exercise.

Total time: 5-10 minutes

  • Standing cat/cow stretch
  • Standing quadriceps stretch—right
  • Seated or standing figure-4 stretch—right
  • Standing forward fold
  • Standing quadriceps stretch—left
  • Seated or standing figure-4 stretch—left
  • Standing adductor stretch
  • Standing hip flexor stretch—right
  • Standing calf stretch—right
  • Standing hip flexor stretch—left
  • Standing calf stretch—left
  • Standing rear delt/lat stretch
  • Standing pec minor + major stretch
  • Standing trap stretch