There are hundreds of exercises out there, but not all of them may be the best for you. Stick with the basics and incorporate the following exercises into your daily routine.
Squatting is not only great for the quads, but also for the hamstrings and glutes. Squatting is known to be an exercise to help grow the glute muscles, but the squat movement is also best for every day activities. When getting in and out of your car or even standing up after you’ve had dinner, that movement where you get up off of a chair is a squat! Making sure you have correct form and are engaging the correct muscles are just as important. If you add squats to your daily exercise routine, it will make these daily activities much easier and sculpt your quads, hamstrings and glutes!
Assisted Sit Ups
One of the many exercises the My House Fitness of Allen trainers like is sit ups or crunches on a stability ball. The ball can be a great assistant if you have back or neck pain. Engaging your core properly is key to doing sit ups and crunches correctly. Incorporate some type of core work 1-2 days a week into your current workout routine.
Dumbbell Shoulder Press
If you’re wondering what this is, a shoulder press is where you have a dumbbell in both hands and you simply press them from shoulder level up above your head until your elbows are locked out. This may seem like a scary or more challenging movement but in fact it’s something you probably do multiple times a day! If you are lifting plates up into your cabinet, or putting Christmas boxes back into your attic – you are doing a shoulder press. Practicing this movement and adding it into your routine may help prevent injuries when doing daily activities around the house.
Mountain climbers is an exercise that works numerous parts of the body, which is why we love it! The plank position works your shoulders, triceps, and back as well as your core and legs. By adding in the knee to chest movement you are engaging the core and legs even more, creating a full body workout! If this is something that’s more challenging try elevating your upper body onto a bench or counter if you’re at home. Still working the same muscles but a little more assistance as you build of your strength.
Working out and exercises don’t have to be complicated. That’s why MHF of Allen wants to show you that simple is often the best way to go!