In 2017 you’ll be crawling like a baby and doing animal moves for fitness

 Experts say it’s easier and more effective than planking.

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We’ve seen some interesting stretches and yoga positions over the years, and it seems like 2017 is gearing up to be no different. One of the biggest trends is crawling around the gym like a baby, which some trainers will say is more effective than planking.

Who would’ve thought that babies would be our new #fitspo?

Apparently, crawling for just three minutes a day is enough to correct bad posture and can give you more of an all-round workout than a plank, as you’re moving your arms and legs as well.

Gym, Original Strength, which practices crawling, explains on their website, “Through Original Strength, you can remember and regain the strength, mobility and stability you once had as a child. In other words, you will lay a solid foundation from which you can build a solid structure.\

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If you’re sick of boring planks and push ups, maybe give it a go? And for those of you who just can’t get enough of novelty exercises, you could try some animal-inspired moves along with your crawling; for a more creative workout. Here’s what to do:

Your circuit

Set up 2 markers, 20 metres apart. Do each move for 20 metres, resting for 1 minute in between. That’s 1 round. Beginners aim for 4 rounds, while advanced can try to do as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes.

Crab crawl

Why: Triceps and core strength.

How: Start with your hands and feet on the floor with your knees bent at 90 degrees. Your hands should be below your shoulders, fingers pointing towards your feet. Lift your hips off the ground, and then move your left foot forward, quickly followed by your right hand. Do this action on the opposite side and so forth so you’re alternating hands and feet in a crab walk, for 20 metres.

Frog Hops

Why: It will challenge your legs, quads, hamstrings and glutes.

How: Start in a squat position, with your backside out and your thighs parallel to the floor, and your head up. Place both hands flat on the floor between your feet, breathe in, then drive through your legs to full extension to jump as far forwards as you can. Land in the squat position. Repeat for 20 metres.

Bear crawl

Why: This engages your shoulders, arms and abs.

How: Start by kneeling on all fours on the floor. Then lift your knees up so your legs are almost straight. Then move your right hand forward, quickly followed by your left foot. Do this action on the opposite side and so forth so you’re moving in a bear crawl. Continue for 20 metres.

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