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Body Parts No One Tells You To Exercise

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You can work out all day long, lift weights, or even walk for hours, but it doesn’t mean that you are doing enough. People often tend to forget that they get older each day.

Getting older means that you will experience new challenges and your body will start to change, including your muscles. Moreover, you will get to experience issues such as weak hands, shuffling feet, and hunched shoulders.

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Therefore, working large muscle groups doesn’t get at the small muscles, that you actually need to perform everyday activities. This is especially important if you are a senior.

Every human being has five body parts that neglects on a daily level, which is funny actually because those five body parts will decide how safe and happily you age. So, next to your regular fitness routine, try some simple stretches and strength moves to keep your whole body fit.

1. Neck

As we age, driving becomes more dangerous due to weakening eyesight and slower reaction times. But, with age, neck mobility decreases and that’s the second reason why you should work on this body part. With each passing day, our joints become less flexible because of the bone thinning and cartilage loss, making turning head more difficult.

Just walking along a busy sidewalk requires looking to your left and right. So, try every morning to do simple neck exercises that will help you boost this area and get your energy flowing.

2. Shins

If you start feeling that you are not picking up your feet the way you used to, you know that your body wants you to work on that area. Strengthening your shins can help your entire body posture and strength.

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We mostly focus on the large muscles of the legs when we work out, like glutes or quads, that we neglect small muscles, such as tibialis anterior. This muscles is located at the front exterior of the shin and makes possible what’s known as ‘dorsiflexion of the ankle’, or lifting the toes toward the leg.

When you are walking this action clears your toes as you swing your leg and encourages you to put your heel down first. It should be an imperative to keep this muscle strong and flexible.

3. Hands

If you find it difficult to open pickle or candy jar its a sign that you are not investing enough of your time into hands workout. Hands have to be strong. After all, you have to open doors, open a can, and brush your teeth and each action demands certain level of strength in the upper extremities.

Squeezing the tennis ball won’t do it. That way you will only strengthen the muscles of the forearm. You need to keep the top of the hand and forearm strong as well. Do one simple hand exercise each day: use rolled mini towel, place it in your hand and squeeze.

4. Hip Flexors

Most people will experience some form of low back pain at least once in their lifetime. Occasionally, this problem can be extremely serious and requires medical attention and in extremely serious cases, a surgery. In some cases, it’s just about simply tight hip flexors.

Hip flexors are muscles responsible for keeping your leg in the hip joint, among other functions. The largest one is psoas and its attached to the lowest vertebrae and low back muscles on the opposite side. Long story short, if psoas is tight, it pulls on the lower back, causing pain.

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So, if you exercise often, your hip flexors will need extra attention. You should do stretch for hip flexors each day, once, for maintenance.

5. Shoulders

With busy life style nowadays a lot of stress falls on our shoulders which can lead to numerous problems, including arthritis or osteoporosis. Sometimes, a combination of strong pectoral (chest) muscles and weak rhomboids (the muscles in between the shoulder blades), can lead to pain in shoulders.

This imbalance pulls the shoulders forward, which in turn shortens the muscles that are responsible for connecting the pectorals to the shoulder joint. So, how to correct this or how to avoid it?

Try these two simple things: strengthen the rhomboids (muscles responsible for good posture) and stretch those connecting muscles.

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