A Movie with a real Cliff-Hanger!: An exercise inspired by “127 Hours”

127 Hours – A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

  • ENDURANCE – So James Franco had a very busy 2010. His movie 127 hours is nominated for best picture, he’s nominated for best actor, and oh yea, he’s hosting the Oscars too! Between that and actually training to play a mountain climber for his movie, it’s no doubt the guy definitely needed endurance. With that thought in mind we thought we would give you an exercise that will not only help improve your overall endurance, but give you a total body work out as well. And believe it or not it’s actually called the Mountain Climber! (What are the odds??) This one can be a little tough, but the results are worth it.

Mountain Climber Exercise

1.      Stand with your arms by your sides, feet together.

2.      Bend down and put your hands shoulder width apart on the floor.

3.      Place yourself in the basic push-up position with your arms in line with your chest and your legs extended outward.

4.      Rest on the balls of your feet while bringing one leg (for this example we’ll say left leg) forward to your chest and back to its original position. Keep the right leg tucked during the forward and back movement of the left leg.

5.      Check to be sure your bent leg and hands carry the weight of your body and that you hold your head up during the back and forth leg movements.

6.      Repeat the motion described in Step 4 rapidly, alternating one leg forward and one leg back. This movement mimics the “climbing of a mountain.”

7.      Repeat as many times as you can. Remember to inhale and exhale steadily during the entire mountain climber exercise.

So why not give it a try? True, it may not help you host the Oscars for 2012, but you will increase your overall endurance and stamina. Not to mention your health. And who knows? It may even help you fit into that bathing suit from last summer to.

Movies that make you Move!

Well the Academy awards are finally here! Which as we all know means red carpets, over the top performances, unexpected upsets and…therapeutic stretching and exercise? Okay, so maybe this is all a bit of a stretch (no pun intended).

Many today feel that going to the movies simply means sitting back, relaxing, grabbing a huge bucket of butter laden popcorn, and enjoying the show. But not us! Sure there’s nothing wrong with those things, but MaxWell has Oscars on the brain! And that means that the ever diligent staff at MaxWell Medical, whose goal is to always increase your health and wellness, has been inspired by this year’s nominees for Best Picture to help you out of your seat, move around, and also stay active.

How you may ask? Well this week, once per day, we will be posting a best picture inspired exercise/stretch that you can do almost anywhere, even in the office or at home. Don’t panic though, we promise they are quick and easy to do, and you will feel great afterwards.

So with that in mind the Nominees for Best Picture that we based an exercise on are!…

1.      The Social Network
2.      Black Swan
3.      127 Hours
4.      The Kings Speech
5.      The Fighter

Now keep in mind these techniques may not make you laugh or cry like that all time favorite movie of yours.  But at the end of the day spending a few extra minutes on exercises like these will help you stay healthy, and feel your best. And at MaxWell we feel there is no Award better than that.