Crawling Around on the Floor for Better Fitness?

Babies are far ahead of the exercise trend says the Mayo Clinic.

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Crawling is a great exercise

Ok, you think you’ve heard it all but, you haven’t. Danielle Johnson, a physical therapist at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program in Rochester, has an exercise routine that you haven’t done since you were a baby –literally.

According to Johnson, your best bet for exercise does not involve equipment, running, jumping or even standing.

How about crawling?

“We’re looking for things that are a little outside of the box sometimes,” said Johnson. “Make the floor your friend.”

Crawling is an “amazing core exercise” that also benefits the legs, shoulders, arms and chest.

Babies are far ahead of the exercise trend says the Mayo Clinic. Crawling can actually be used as a full body exercise.

It can also improve balance and coordination Johnson told the Star Tribune.

“Crawling may seem silly and better left to children, but as a full body exercise it’s hard to beat,” Johnson said.

To start, get on your hands and knees and pull in your abdominal muscles, which is key, she said.

Next, she said to “hover your knees just an inch or two off the ground.” Use your hands and toes to support your body. 

Keeping your bottom down, try to move, about 4 to 6 inches back and forth and side to side. She suggests setting a goal to work up from 30 seconds to five minutes.

“Crawling is really working all of those muscles,” she said. “It’s really catching almost all of the major muscles in your body at once.”

You can switch it up with a crab crawl — sit on the ground, raise your hips up with your hands to the side and move side to side or back and forth.

“It’s a little bit more fun,” added Johnson.

Learn more about healthy exercising from Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Living Program.

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