Full Body Exercises Everyone Should Be Doing
Certain exercises are definitely more beneficial than others because they strengthen muscles in your body that are crucial to your health and fitness. If you have ever worked with a personal trainer in the past, you might have noticed that they focus on squats, deadlifts, pushups, chinups and planks. We should all be doing each of these exercises as they are beneficial for our bodies.
The squat is a great full body exercise that primarily works the glutes, quads and hamstrings, but also have a positive impact on your core and back strength. To properly perform a squat, you need to stand with your toes pointed outward and your feet a little more than hip width apart. Simply lower yourself down so that your thighs end up parallel with the floor, while keeping all your weight in your heels. Try to avoid arching your back by engaging your core as you lower down.
The deadlift is one of the best compound exercises you can do for full body strength training. Not only are they good for your hamstrings and glutes, but you’ll also get a stronger core and lower back. This type of exercise can help prevent back injuries later in life. To perform a deadlift properly, your back must stay neutral or you will risk injury.
Pushups can be done anywhere at any time – no need to invest in expensive gym equipment while still trying to work more than one muscle group. Pushups help strengthen your pectoral muscles, triceps, deltoids as well as core. To perform a proper pushup, start in a high plank position with your hands under your shoulders, then lower yourself by bending at the elbows until they are 90 degrees or your chest touches the floor. Do no lower on to your stomach as this will defeat the purpose of the exercise. Push yourself back up to complete the movement.
Chin-ups are one of the best upper body exercises as they work your biceps, latissimus dorsi, teres major, infraspinatus and core. They can also help you improve your grip strength because you have to hold onto the bar while lifting your body weight up. To perform a chin-up, grab the bar with your hands facing towards you and pull yourself up until your chin is over the bar, then lower yourself in a controlled motion.
The plank is an isometric exercise that helps improve your overall core strength and posture. There are many variations of the plank, such as the high plank, low plank and side plank. Regardless of they type of plank you are doing, in order for the exercise to be effective, you need to make sure to keep your body straight and your core engaged for the entire time.
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