Exercises that combine movements that work different sets of muscles at once are ideal if you want to increase the difficulty of the exercise. They also help get a full-body workout into your day if you are short on time. This week’s example works your shoulders, glutes, hip flexors, and quads.
- Stand with your legs about shoulder-width apart, holding a weight on each hand.
- Lift the weights so you’re palms are facing inward, and raise them to about ear level.
- Squat down, moving as close as you can to having your thighs parallel to the ground.
- As you straighten up, keep your weight centered at your heels (but watch your balance!). You want to avoid leaning forward.
- Once you are back in the starting position, lift one of the weights straight upward.
- Bring the weight back to the starting position.
- Repeat the movement, this time raising the opposite weight once you’ve returned to the starting position after squatting.
Please speak to your provider before starting any new exercise regimen.