The Lateral Squat Jump is an exercise which combines the leg and hip strength from ‘Sit-2-stand’, the balance from ‘lateral leg raise’ and then adds a cardiovascular element. Not all movements in life are forwards or backwards.
Lateral movements (sideways) are great at encouraging balance as well as strength in the ankles.
- On a level and safe surface, find a line or a marker you can use as a centre point.
- Stand with feet wide apart, your left foot (inside foot) aligned with the line.
- Lower yourself into a half squat, keeping your chest up, bottom out and weight through your heels.
- With a small sideways jump to the left (enough for you feet to be just off the ground) aim for your right foot to replace the left foot on the line.
- The next squat and jump is to the right with the left foot back on the line.
- You repeat this for a count of 10-20 jumps per set. Start with small and slow lateral jumps as the wider and faster you move your feet the harder it becomes.
As always what has been suggested is general information and doesn’t take into account an individuals limitations or needs. Seek a medical opinion to see if this exercise is appropriate for you.
Positive Change Personal Training – encouraging you to be active beyond the short term.