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Weight-Bearing Exercises

Weight-Bearing Exercises

What better time to discuss exercising than right before summer begins?  Everyone wants to look healthy and lean before getting into shorts, tanks, and swimsuits. Exercise will go right along with the “New You” weight loss program K6 is beginning this month!

Today we are going to discuss weight-bearing exercises.

What are weight-bearing exercises and why are they important?

Weight-bearing exercises are considered any exercise that works against gravity or resistance.

They are essential in building strong bones and muscles. Exercise in general strengthens bones and muscles, improves balance, coordination and flexibility.

Weight-bearing exercises allow you to use your own body weight as resistance. You don’t need expensive equipment or a gym membership to get in shape. Simply use your own body weight.

Below are some great weight-bearing exercises to help you get started:

  • Walking is the simplest weight bearing exercise. It’s a great way for someone to get started.
  •  Push-ups  are great for your chest, shoulders, triceps , back and abs.  Depending on your hand position, you can work different muscles.
  • Planks are isolation moves used in Pilates and Yoga and works the abs, back, arms and legs. The plank also targets your internal abdominal muscles. There are many variations to planks to keep things interesting and work different muscles
  • Squats and lunges  are perfect for working different muscles in your legs.  Squats work your glutes, quads, hamstrings and calves all at once. Depending  on how far apart your stance is for squats, you will work leg muscles at different angles. Like squats, lunges work most of the muscles in your legs including your quads, hamstrings, glutes and calves. For lunges, try walking lunges, or split lunges. To make it more difficult , try holding hand weights while you do them.

There are so many options, but it comes down to you just doing them. No more excuses! Time to get started on the new you!

 Need more fitness ideas? Check out the K6 Wellness Pinterest boards  on Weight-Bearing Exercises and Fitness. We’re always adding to our boards new exercises and healthy eating ideas and recipes!

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