2Waltzing Take to the dance floor at weddings or sweep someone off their feet. Once you learn the basic dance steps, you can enjoy the music, relax and feel less elf-conscious. You might even be up for more sophisticated moves. Tango or samba, anyone? Stretching your legs Sure, we love our cardio and strength training. But spending time on stretching calves and quads will keep muscles and tendons supple and loose. End result: fewer injuries and a happier and more productive you.
Throwing a football
Hold the ball by spreading your fingers
across the laces with your index finger
toward one tip and your pinky––the
pushing finger—toward the back. Lift
your arm up to 90 degrees, pull back and
throw, says retired quarterback Henry
Burris. Once you’ve got this down, you’ll
be ready for any throwing sport with your
friends and family.
Rebounding a basketball shot
Be the first at the rim so you can get a
rebound if your teammate misses. This is
a great life skill – being first in line gives
you the edge in a job interview or helps
you get those scarce concert tickets.
Being where others aren’t is the first step
in achieving and building on your fitness
goals, as well.
Swinging a golf club
“The key to consistent contact is
balance,” says Kevin Black, pro at
Redwood Meadows Golf and Country
Club. “Forget your catalogue of swing
thoughts and focus on good tempo
and finishing balanced on your front
foot facing your target. Make it a habit to
hold the pose until the ball lands, just like
the pros on TV.” Smart pacing will also
build resilience and help you reach the
finish line in a long-haul activity.
Tying practical knots
Learning how to tie a square knot or a
clove hitch will do more than get you your
Scout or Guide badge. Tying knots helps
you shore up your fine motor skills and
opens up your ability to do gross motor
activities such as sailing, horseback riding
or canoeing. If you feel adventurous, try
more challenging varieties. The Ashley
Book of Knots lists more than 3,900 knots.
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