Monday's Health Tip: Exercises You Probably Aren't Doing...But Should - FamilyEducation

Monday's Health Tip: Exercises You Probably Aren't Doing...But Should

September 21,2009
I'm always looking for new exercises to add to my workout routine. Not only does it keep the boredom at bay, but I usually am able to find an exercise or two that makes me work a part of my body that I was not previously working. (I know I've found such an exercise when I wake up sore the next morning and say, "I didn't even know I HAD a muscle there!") I ran across this website while trolling Twitter. An old colleague from my personal training days posted it. The article mentions a bunch of exercises that most people don't do in their regular routine, but should. Now, don't be deterred by the name of the website. Performing these exercises will not make you look like a bodybuilder. (I'm living proof of that.) In fact, most of the exercises featured focus on core strength, flexibility, and overall body stability...all aspects of your training that are important and essential to everyday life. And you'll also see many of the exercises are using my new favorite piece of equipment, the kettlebell. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised to see my kettlebell classes incorporate almost all of these exercises. (If you're unsure of what a kettlebell is, check out this post I did a couple weeks ago.) You don't need to do every single exercise in every one of your workouts, but I recommend trying a few of these exercises next time you hit the gym. As always though, if you are new to the gym and/or kettlebells, or are unsure how to perform any of these exercises, make sure you ask a certified trainer to help you out, because safety and avoiding injury should be at the top of your priority list. Have fun, and let me know if you try any of these! I'd like to know how they work out for you. (No pun intended...)