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Strengthening Exercises for Time Spent Cooking in the Kitchen

Shake and Bake: The Kitchen Workout

We all cook, right? Well chances are high you’re going to be in the kitchen on Thanksgiving for hours and there are ways to pepper your kitchen time with a few strengthening exercises. Here are some moves to try between chopping potatoes, onions and herbs.


  • Reverse Lunges: Place your hands on the counter and step backward coming into a deep lunge so both knees are at, but not beyond, a 90 degree angle. It's so convenient that the counter just happens to be right in front of you to help with balancing. Do: 8 on each side, twice
  • Heel Raises: Once again using the counter for balance, just rise up onto your toes to work your calves. Lower your heel and repeat. Do: 12 reps, twice
  • Counter push-ups: Place your hands on the counter and walk your feet away from the counter until your shoulders are even with your hands. In this position bend and straighten your elbows. Do: 15 reps, twice
  • Pendulum kicks: Using the counter to help maintain your balance raise your right leg to the side as high as you can keeping the movement in your hips joint and not your back. Bring that leg down and lift the other leg. Keep alternating legs. Do: 12 sets, twice.
  • Dishwasher squats: Take care of your back and work your legs and glutes while you load your dirty dishes and unload your clean ones. This really is a back saver!
  • Kitchen sink stretch: Whenever you need a break during your cooking marathon, go over to the sink and stretch your lats, shoulders and back.
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