5 exercises to boost your brushing routine

If April showers bring May flowers, then spring workouts bring summer fitness, right? Get your body and your smile in shape by incorporating these simple exercises into your brushing routine. Be sure to start small, so you’re still able to get in the full two minutes of thorough brushing twice each day.

1 Use the wall.

Try a wall sit, which works both your quads and your core. Extra points if you can hold it for the full two minutes!

2 Step up.

Want to tone your lower body? Walk around while you brush to get your daily steps in. Too easy? Challenge a housemate to a brushing step-off!

3 Get on your tiptoes.

Build your calf muscles by standing on your tiptoes and raising your calves. See if you can complete more raises each time you brush.

Remember, if you try these exercises while you’re brushing, make sure that you are still (safely) giving your teeth the attention they deserve. Continue to brush for the full two minutes with fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Brush at a 45-degree angle and give attention to all surfaces of your teeth.

4 Lift and repeat.

Sit down with your legs in front of you and your back straight. Lift and lower your legs, each time contracting your core to work your abs. Try it with your legs straight or knees bent. (Hint: Whether you sit on your bed, a chair or the floor, find a place where you’re able to balance well enough to brush too!)

5 Squeeze your knees.

Want to strengthen your thighs? Sit on a flat surface like the floor or your bed. Place a small, inflatable ball or a rolled-up bath towel between your knees. Slowly squeeze your knees, contracting your inner thighs. Release slightly, keeping some tension on the ball or towel and repeat.