Exercise - simply hearing the word can bring a response of anticipation or a grimace. We all know it is a good thing to do, but like anything worth doing, it will take some time and effort.
There are exercise routines everywhere - at the gym, online, dvds, printable workouts. If exercise isn't something that excites you, even a few basic moves can bring improvement to your life. No matter your age or perceived ability, there are certain exercises that have incredible benefits for every body. These functional strength exercises mimic movements in our daily lives and help strengthen our core, made up of our abdominal wall, back and hips.
My Fitness Pal shared 6 exercises that everyone should be doing. Here they are:
Muscles worked: quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteals, erector spinae
Why: The squat is a compound movement that uses multiple muscle groups to improve balance and stability. The exercise helps create strong, flexible hips to sit and stand without discomfort or assistance and targets the gluteal and quadricep muscles to help relieve pressure from your back and knees as you walk up or down stairs.
Muscles worked: quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteals
Why: Like squats, lunges are compound movements and increase functional strength, balance and stability.
Muscles worked: pectoralis major, deltoids, triceps, transversus abdominals, erector spinae
Why: Pushups develop postural support and upper-body strength to aid in your daily life as you push and reach for things.
Muscles worked: erector spinae, latissimus dorsi, biceps, deltoids
Why: Rows develop postural support and improve upper-body strength in your back and shoulders to help you perform pulling and carrying movements.
Muscles worked: rectus abdominals, tranversus abdominals, erector spinae, quads, deltoids, obliques
Why: Planks develop postural support and strengthen your abdominal, shoulder and core muscles. Planks also increase stability and balance.
SINGLE LEG DEAD LIFT:
Muscles worked: quadriceps, abductors, adductors, gluteals, hamstrings, transversus abdominals
Why: Single-leg exercises increase postural support, balance and stability.
Incorporating these exercises in a weekly routine is great start to a healthy, toned and strong body!