5 Exercises On One Foot

by | Jan 25, 2017 | Entertainment, Hillel Ontario, On One Foot | 0 comments

Workout 1: The Single FOOT Glute Bridge

Lie on your back, hold one leg straight up in the air, and bend the other leg so your foot is flat on the floor. Push your hips up with the foot flat on the ground. Your body should form a straight line from the knee of the grounded foot up to your shoulders. You should be lying on the ground, balancing yourself on one foot.
Lower your hip back to the ground and repeat 10 times.
Do the exercise again and switch FEET. The FOOT that was grounded at first will be up in the air this time, and the leg that was straight up in the air will be bent with the foot flat on the ground.

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Workout 2: The Single FOOT Hop

Stand on your right foot with your left leg bent, so that you’re standing on one foot. Hop to your right and then hop back to your starting point. Your left foot should be off the ground the entire time. Repeat this 10 times and then switch feet, with the left foot on the ground and the right leg bent.
If this exercise is too easy, you can increase how far and high you are jumping, without changing the speed.

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Workout 3: One Leg Squat

For the One Leg Squat you will have to stand with your back to a chair. Stretch your left leg out in front of you, so your left heel is just lifted off the floor and you are standing on one foot. Next, lower down by bending your right knee until your bottom just slightly touches the chair behind you. Hold this position for 10 seconds. With the strength of your right leg (don’t touch the chair!) you will now push yourself back up to standing so your right leg is completely straight. Repeat this 3 times.
In order to even it out, start the exercise from the beginning and switch feet.

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Workout 4: The Single Leg Deadlift

Put your body weight on your right FOOT, and lift your left leg straight behind you. Raise your left leg and lean forward with your arms towards your right FOOT in order to stay balanced. Make sure that your body forms a straight line from the heel of your left FOOT to your neck, while you’re standing on one foot. Hold that position for a few seconds and squeeze your bottom before you lower your leg left to rest. Repeat this exercise 8 times, then switch sides.

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Workout 5: The Half Moon Pose (this one feels too complicated)

This Yoga pose is also called the “Ardha Chandrasana”. You will start from a high lunge with your left FOOT forward. Put your body weight on your straight, left leg, while straightening the right leg up parallel to the floor. You should be standing on one foot. Now place your left hand under your left shoulder, while placing the right hand on your right hip. Move your right arm straight up, so that your hand is pointing to the ceiling. Take 3-5 breaths, then slowly put both hands back on the floor and return to a high lunge. Repeat this position on your other side.

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Annamie Paul Joins Hillel Ontario

Annamie Paul Joins Hillel Ontario

Last month Hillel Ontario heard from Annamie Paul, leader of the Green Party of Canada. After winning the leadership race back in October of 2020, Annamie became the first Black person and first Jewish woman to lead a federal Canadian political party. Since then, she has been speaking to Canadians all across the country, spreading messages of hope and inspiration, during a time where these moments are a rarity. No matter the political orientation of the Zoom attendees of this fireside chat, everyone walked away with a few life lessons up their sleeve.

Here are some of my biggest takeaways. First, Annamie spoke about following your passion, a message that I know many students needed to hear. When I graduated from grade 12, I was constantly asked where I saw myself in five years, ten years, and sometimes even twenty years. Although I was asked with the best intentions, I’ve always felt overwhelming pressure to envision a clear career path. Annamie dispelled this myth by referencing the enjoyment associated with the process of discovering your passion rather than having a final goal in mind, and Annamie’s enthusiasm for human rights through a policy lens has shaped the course of her life. Second, Annamie spoke about the importance of speaking up in the face of injustice. Whether you consider yourself an advocate or not, Annamie highlighted the need to follow your moral compass, never remaining complicit. Following Annamie’s time as the leader of the Green Party, it is clear that she isn’t afraid to use her voice and position to shine light on racism, antisemitism, and sexism. These are two lessons I think everyone can learn from.

Annamie spoke about growing up in Toronto Centre (the riding where she will be running in the next federal election), her career as an international lawyer, and her decision to enter politics. As someone who doesn’t fit the mold of a traditional politician, Annamie referenced about the challenges that she’s faced as a Black, Jewish woman. Racism, antisemitism, and sexism were all constant throughout her leadership campaign, and her six months leading the Green Party. 

Throughout Annamie’s talk, I learned about the importance of elevating voices that have previously gone unheard. In a predominantly white space, Hillel students and staff need to work hard to ensure that Jews of Colour feel welcomed. 

After 45 minutes, the latter half of which consisted of an insightful Q&A, Annamie mentioned that she would love to be invited back to another Hillel Ontario fireside chat. For now, I’ll take Annamie’s lessons with me while looking forward to hearing about all of her accomplishments in a year from now.

  • Skylar Banks, Guelph Hillel
Collaboration Breeds Diversity and Inclusion

Collaboration Breeds Diversity and Inclusion

Collaborating with other student organizations allows us to diversify the students at our events, build coalitions, establish good rapport with other student groups and broaden the topics of the content that we deliver. 

This past month, we had the privilege of working with the Waterloo and Laurier chapters of Menstruation Redefined, which is committed to helping with the “institutional and social barriers surrounding menstruation that risk the health, well-being, and daily lives of many.” This mission resonated with us at Hillel because we understand the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion for all. These are values that we hold as Jews, and want to embody at Hillel. 

We joined forces to produce a fun evening of trivia and learning. The event allowed us to reach new students, educate others on Jewish practice for those who menstruate, and learn more about Menstruation Redefined’s mission. Collaborative events like this allow us to understand key issues and causes that other student-run campus groups advocate for and to build strong allyships and ensure that we propel Hillel’s values forward, such as inclusion and equity.

Jessica Bloom, HIllel Waterloo Student President
Veronica Grad, Hillel Laurier Student President

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