This exercise is mainly a core exercise, but shoulder taps have many more benefits too:
– helps tighten the glutes (bottom)
– strengthen arms
– strengthens wrists
– strengthens shoulders
– can help reduce back pain when correct posture and form is held
– helps to improve posture and promotes flexibility
To complete this exercise correctly you start with your wrists under your shoulders and your feet hip width apart (in a high plank position). Tighten your tummy and core and tighten your bottom and lock in your legs to minimise hip movement. Proceed to tap your left shoulder with your right hand and alternate to tap your right shoulder with your left hand. Maintain a strong and straight back and hip throughout the exercise ensuring your head, shoulders, back and hips are all aligned.
To take it up a level, increase the speed of each shoulder tap and / or increase the reps and length of each set.
Have fun practicing this with the kids, it is a great way to assist in strengthening their wrists, arms and shoulders which can help with their writing skills. It can improve flexibility and core strength which will promote future improved posture, not to mention the surprise and fun when the kids actually find this exercise easier than the adults do 🙂
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*Disclaimer: Ready Steady Go Kids does not advise exercising if you feel unwell. Please consult a doctor if you have a pre-existing medical condition. This is a low impact exercise and should not cause any discomfort, if it does please stop immediately.