The Best Strength Moves You\’re Not Already Doing

You\’re probably already incorporating strength moves for example squats, planks, and burpees, into your exercise routine. But there are a few additional moves you\’re likely missing. These?strength exercises below target commonly overlooked muscles, says Karen Litzy, a spokesperson for the American Physical rehabilitation Association. Adding them to your regular workout routine will not only improve your strength in your lower body and core?but also help keep injuries away.

Lie faceup with calves and heels on a stability ball, knees straight. Lift hips started (A). Slowly bend knees to drag the ball toward hips (B), then slowly go back to the starting position. Do 3 teams of 15.

This exercise targets the gluteus medius (a.k.a. the upper part of the sofa), says Litzy, which will help support your pelvis. \”Any weakness there can cause hip strain leading to pain.\” Start on all fours (A). Raise left thigh aside, keeping knee in line with foot (B). Hold for 30 to 60 seconds. Repeat on other part.

For healthy posture, you need to tone the erector spinae muscles along the back of your spine. From all fours (A), simultaneously extend left leg at hip height and right arm at shoulder level (B). Hold for five to 10 seconds. Repeat the move with right leg and left arm. That\’s 1 rep. Do 10 reps.