I recently read an article that box jumps are the most underrated exercise at the gym. I don’t necessarily disagree – they give you both strength and cardio benefits. Here’s the link to the article – Shape Magazine.
But while I agree, my personal favorite exercises these days are squats and planks. If you carry your weight in your rear end and stomach, these moves will help you tone up – and they just make me feel good. I used to have knee pain from an injury in high school I didn’t take care of – and squats strengthened my muscles to the point that the knee pain is only noticeable now in cold, damp weather.
Planks are harder to feel good about – they are SO much harder than they look! But you can’t deny the good they do for your abdominal muscles. And they’ll help you improve your posture as well – a great added benefit as we age.
Want to do some squats and planks? Do them right – follow the forms in these links:
Do you have a go-to exercise you like? Tell me about it in the comments!