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Keep Exercise Simple

By Rachel Carver

We can find pretty much anything on the internet, including a variety of exercises. YouTube is full of workout videos, and all kinds of programs promise success if you stick with a multi-step exercise routine.

While multiple options can be beneficial, they can also sometimes be overwhelming and complicated. Complicated exercises can engage fewer muscles, decreasing effectiveness. Getting back to basics simplifies your life while giving you a good workout.

Read on for some simple exercises to incorporate into your workout routine.

Squats

A squat is a functional movement. We do this movement multiple times throughout the day. We pick up heavy groceries. We sit down in chairs. And we bend down to be at eye level with our kids. These are all squats.

Intentionally doing a squat has many benefits. Squats strengthen the muscles around the knees and lower back. Make sure you practice the correct form before trying to increase your reps. Keep your back straight and your knees parallel with your toes as you squat down.

Push-Ups

A push-up is a very versatile exercise. You can modify push-ups in many ways, and you can do push-ups pretty much anywhere. Push-ups are great for beginners and for athletes. They work multiple muscle groups.

Focus on your push-up form. Focus on keeping your spine and hips neutral. Slowly lift your body with your arms, and gently lower yourself back to the floor. Try not to fall out of a push-up.

Crunches

Some people may think crunches are hard on the back. However, crunches can actually help your back pain by strengthening your abs. An American Council on Exercise study found crunches to be more effective than other exercises.

To perform a crunch, place your hands across your chest or behind your head. Look at the ceiling, and lift your shoulder blades a couple of inches off the ground. Start with a few crunches. Focus on quality over quantity.

The Bottom Line

Especially if you are just starting your fitness journey, simple is best. These exercises also help you focus on proper form because you are not attempting to remember multiple steps. There's a reason why crunches and push-ups are still promoted. They work. Once you've mastered some simple exercises, it will be easier to mix things up with something new. But sticking with what you know might feel comfortable, and this will work great.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mukilteo, Wash.

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