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Exercises for everybody

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  March 17, 2011 11:03 AM

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I hope you're having as much fun as I am with my fitness videos. They're part of my Truth on Health Campaign, and there's a clip from the new one in this blog entry. So are you ready to get moving and work up a little sweat?

This is another one we shot outside. Now that the days are getting longer, there's more time for you to get your exercise in and get some fresh air at the same time. Get your friends together, invite your parents — these exercises are for everybody.

So the first thing to try is jogging in place. Go easy at first, keep those feet close to the ground, but as you warm up, start pushing your knees higher and higher. Keep your arms and hands steady and drive your elbows back from your shoulders.

When I want to loosen up my hips and strengthen my core, glutes and quads, the way to go is squats. Sit back with your hips so your quads are almost parallel to the ground, and keep your eyes forward and your heels on the ground. Pretend there's a door behind you and you're pushing it open with your butt. Open that door!

While you're down there in that squat position, you can do some defensive slides. From the squat, shuffle your feet side to side. If you're at school, keep your range small so you don't crash into your class mates! Just go back and forth, back and forth. Y'all can partner up and shadow each other, too.

Stay in that squat position for the next one, too — it’s burning now, right? This is the jump and twist, where you spin 360 degrees in the air from the squat position. If you can't do the full 360, start smaller with 90 and then work up to 180. Nothin' wrong with starting small and working your way up. That’s what it’s all about: progress.

To cool down and stretch it out, do leg raises where you lift and hold one knee for a few seconds and then switch and do the other one. Remember to breathe.

Like I said last week, you don't need fancy gym equipment to get some exercise. Check out the full video on Comcast On Demand. Just select the Get Local category from the On Demand menu, then choose NBA TV, Boston Celtics, and Paul Pierce's FitClub34, and then get outside and get movin! You can also check out my website, www.truthonhealth.org, for some more exercise tips. Remember to check back every week for my new video.

175x60piercelogo.jpgPaul Pierce's Truth on Health campaign empowers and encourages young people to lead healthier lives by providing them with the information, resources, and tools necessary to become more active and physically fit. To learn more, visit www.truthonhealth.org

Follow Paul Pierce on Twitter @PaulPierce34 and @TruthonHealth and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/paulpierce

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Paul Pierce is the captain of the Boston Celtics. Pierce has spent his entire career with the Celtics since being drafted in 1998 out of Kansas, and led them to their 17th NBA Championship in 2008, when he was the NBA Finals MVP. More »

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Check out Paul Pierce, as part of his FitClub34, on Celtics on Demand exclusively on Comcast! Watch the full video of Paul Pierce in action by selecting the Get Local category from the On Demand menu, then choose NBA TV, Boston Celtics and Paul Pierce's FitClub34.

For more information on FitClub34, visit TruthonHealth.org

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