So I spent a couple posts talking about those exercises that I think everybody should stop doing. I provided some alternatives in those posts, but then I realized I should come clean with some exercises that I think everybody SHOULD be doing (and likely aren’t).
So while you’re not wasting your time doing sit ups or sitting on the inner/outer thigh machines, what should you be doing?
I’ve said it before, and I’ll likely say again, but I think everyone -especially women- should be doing deadlifts.
- ….it is a full-body workout that hits every major muscle group.
- Think about how you spend your day: picking up and carrying children, pets, groceries, clothes, etc. Imagine one exercise that when you do it regularly prepares you for your every day life -and makes the repetition of those movements easier.
As a full-body exercise, this also stresses the major bones in our body-causing them to lay down more calcium and grow stronger. This would include the lower back, hips, shoulders, thighs. Exactly the bones that weaken in osteoporosis.
People worry about the deadlift -fearing that they will harm their lower back. This is a definite concern with poor form, but there ways to lessen this threat.One such way is to spend most of your time doing sumo deadlifts- standing with your legs wide apart, hanging your arms between your legs, and pulling up. LOTS of leg strength is involved in this – so it will save your back. And LOOK it’s a much better leg exercise than doing any silly inner/outer thigh machines!
The Gubernatrix has a great post on how to do a sumo deadlift. There is no way I could write a better description of this lift than she has. So go and enjoy. Take a couple notes. And next time you’re near a something a bit heavy, give a sumo deadlift a try.
eyeing the dogs sleeping on the floor… hmmm….