Mykidstime 21 Day Health & Fitness Challenge – Day 9

Fiona O'Donnell

Fiona O'Donnell

April 20, 2022

MyKidsTime Health and Fitness Challenge Day 9

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It’s Day 9 of the Mykidstime 21 Day Health & Fitness Challenge! If you missed yesterday’s video, catch up with Day 8 here.

Our health and wellbeing expert, Fiona O’Donnell, explains what’s involved for Day 9 in the video below. We want you to tell us during the challenge how you are getting on so tag us on social using #mkt21days and we’ll give you some encouragement! 

Mykidstime 21 Day Health & Fitness Challenge: Day 9 – Core & Shoulder Strength

Today’s challenge in this series is a core move. The reason I post these ones is because you don’t have to get changed into different clothes – if you’re sitting at a desk, if you’re working at home, wherever you are you can do these exercises.

I think we really underestimate the power of a full body stability movement like this one. We have to maintain a really solid position in our upper bodies, we have to keep our core strong, we’re working our glutes, we’re working the backs of our legs, we’re working everything, so give this one a go.

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As with any of the other exercises, if you have pain or pinching, stop what you’re doing. Alternatively, you can make it easier with your knees on the ground, which is the base level of the exercise, or, like I’ve done in the video, you can do it lifting your knees off the ground, which adds a little bit to the instability and you’ll see my hips start to rock a bit.

I haven’t been doing these as frequently as I should but just in recording these videos I’m starting to realise I need to get back to doing these on the daily! Go for it and let me know how you get on – I’m excited to see how much stronger you’re going to be in the next 21 days if you keep these movements up.

We’re going to start off with our hands under our shoulders, knees under our hips, tuck the toes and just lift the knees off the ground ever so slightly. Keep strong through the shoulders, keep your belly button pulled back towards your spine, and you’re going to have to shift your weight to allow yourself to lift up that arm.

What you’re doing here is working into the back of the shoulder, but what’s really important is that you don’t allow your tummy to sag down, you keep your belly button pulled up towards the sky.

Essentially what we’re doing here is holding our spine in that strong position, knees are still off the ground. If this gets difficult, pop the knees down. Repeat eight times on each side.

If you have any questions throughout the Challenge, email Fiona or send her a message on InstagramFacebook and use hashtag #mkt21days to let us know how you are getting on with the Challenge!

Mykidstime 21 Day Health and Fitness Challenge

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Published On: April 20th, 2022 / Categories: For Parents, Lifestyle / Last Updated: September 21st, 2022 / Tags: , , /

About the Author: Fiona O'Donnell

Fiona O'Donnell
Fiona O’Donnell is a fitness, health and wellness advocate. She has a background in diagnostic cardiology and qualified as a Clinical Physiologist. She left that role to move into the prevention aspect of health and wellness. She holds a Masters in Exercise and Nutrition Science. Since then, she has been working with 1:1 clients, teams, corporates and colleges developing wellness programmes, offering insight into poor lifestyle choices, and steering clients in the direction of a healthier version of themselves. Her ethos is ‘health first’ and while she is happy to help individuals who have short-term goals, her real aim is lifelong health and wellness. When not working with clients, she spends time riding her horse, training for the sport of triathlon (occasionally competing), doing yoga, travelling, spending time at the beach with her kids, and cooking (not in that order).

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