move of the week: shoveling snow

We know more is coming. It’s just a matter of time, right? Snow.

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In the coming weeks, some of us may need to grab the snow shovel and get moving. I know it’s not always the most fun task, but what a great way to start the day when it comes to your health and fitness!

Here’s how to go about it without hurting yourself.

1. Place one hand high and the other low for leverage.

2. Hinge your hips when you bend your knees.

3. When the shovel is halfway full, stand up tall and move to within 1 foot of where the snow will be piled.

4. Bend your knees and pull the shovel back and to the side of your body.

5. With hips hinged and knees bent, move the shovel in upward motion to unload the snow ONLY in the forward direction (don’t try to “throw the snow” to the side. It will not bode well for your back especially since this in done in a cold and your muscles are tight and cold.

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Adrien founded Fitness on the Run in 2004 out of her home. After spending 15 years developing her own personal definition of wellness and watching thousands struggle with theirs, in January 2019 Adrien founded Alexandria Wellness, the home for the Concierge Wellness Program and Corporate Wellness with Adrien Cotton. Over the course of 15 years, “FOR” was home to more than 1,500 clients, 25 instructors, and hundreds of inspirational success stories. Adrien is now-more-than-ever passionate about helping others view their fitness as a journey, not a quick fix. Adrien’s recipe for success herself has evolved from a rigid training plan of sweaty workout weeks to some days getting in her 10,000 steps, consciously breathing, her 7.5 hours of sleep and her beloved 5-Minute Flow. Now, Adrien believes the most important ingredient is making small changes for big results, even if it’s one new habit formed each month. Still passionate about fitness, Adrien’s clients appreciate her ability to make sessions seriously challenging without a “beat down”, a healthy mix of strength and metabolix work and ultimately helping her clients gain real strength. Adrien believes we all benefit from being curious about our bodies and our health and that change, or improvement, is always within reach despite what your “inner voice” or others may tell you. Adrien is bubbling with excitement to help Alexandrians learn the importance of a comprehensive approach to wellness, weight loss, and contentedness with yourself, and that every person has the right to feel good about themselves. Most days, you can find her helping clients with their wellness and listening to clients’ success stories and bragging about her twin 12 year old children and “fittest man in Alexandria” Bill Cotton. Adrien prides herself on her practice of mindfulness, meditation, and putting it all into perspective.

Alexandria Wellness offers achievable answers for anyone who is tired of chasing fitness and health without a clear plan, someone who has struggled and is not satisfied with their fitness and wellness or someone who is open to maximized healthful longevity and fitness along with healthful weight loss. Adrien and her team offer help with food guidance, body acceptance, sleep and stress issues, and insist you have fun along the way.

 

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Alexandria Wellness
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Alexandria, VA 22314

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