Exercise #1

The Vegetable Chop


I do a fair amount of cooking at home and pretty much all of the cleaning; although, W is a much better cook than I am, sometimes he needs a break, so I share in the cooking responsibilities. I’ve found that much of the time is spent standing at the kitchen counter, cutting up the vegetables. So, why not use this time to do some leg exercises?

How many exercises start out by saying, “Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.” Well, that’s pretty much a standard position for cutting carrots, potatoes, celery, and onions at the kitchen counter.

So, after you get those carrots chopped, stop for a minute, and either hold onto the edge of the counter for balance, or take a step back, and put your hands on your hips, tighten your abs and glutes, and then raise your right leg out to the side to a comfortable height, and then lower your leg back down to the floor.

Repeat 10 times, or as many as you can, before your butt starts to scream at you.

Repeat with the left leg. If you’re really ambitious, do 3 sets of 10 repetitions on each leg.




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