Every year during the month of May, National Physical Fitness and Sports Month provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate and promote exercise. Physical activity is very important in maintaining your overall health and well-being. That is why below we have provided you with some exercises that anyone can do and can be beneficial to your health.
Standing Overhead Dumbbell Presses
The standing overhead press is a compound exercise that utilizes multiple muscles, so you can get a lot out of one exercise. Not only does this exercise work out your shoulders, but it also engages your core and upper back. To begin, chose a pair of CanDo® Dumbbells that are light in weight to start out. Then, stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your arms parallel to the floor with the dumbbells over your head. Next, begin to push the dumbbells up until your arms are fully extended over your head. Make sure you head, and neck are stationary before bending your elbows and lowering the dumbbells back down until your triceps are parallel to the floor. Practice this motion 11 more times to complete the set. Allow for about 3 sets or however much you can do.
Single-leg deadlifts is an exercise that challenges your balance. It requires a lot of leg strength and stability, so be sure to grab a light CanDo® Dumbbell for this exercise. You can begin this exercise with the CanDo® Dumbbell in your right hand and your knees slightly bent. Then, try lowering the dumbbell down to ground by shifting your left leg straight back behind you, standing on your right leg. Then slowly return to the starting position, ensuring that your pelvis stays square to the ground. Repeat this process 10 to 12 times before doing this same movement on the opposite leg.
Planks are an effective way to target your abdominal muscles as well as the rest of your body without hurting your back. All you need is a CanDo® exercise mat to comfortably place your elbows on and you are good to go. To begin, start by getting into position with your elbows and toes planted firmly on the mat. Make sure your back is straight and try not to sag or bend. Hold this position for about 10 to 30 seconds, depending on how comfortable you are. You can work up to a minute doing this position if you are really skilled.
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Article written by William Graves.