FootBalance workout tips: Three strength-building exercises you should be doing now and the footbed to wear while doing them
According to a recent survey by Timex, the most popular exercises in the U.S. are, in descending order of popularity, running, lifting weights and outdoor activities like biking, or hiking.
And, while we’ve spent several posts over the last month discussing aerobic activities like running and cycling and hiking, we haven’t said a whole lot about strength training. And it’s time we do. Rresistance training allows muscles to be stressed and therefore better adapted to grow stronger. What’s more, resistance training is not only weight lifting, but it’s also performing exercises that utilize your own body weight.
Herewith, a list of three basic for-good-health lifts and strength-building exercises and the FootBalance footbed you should wear while doing them:
Squat to Overhead Press
This squat/press combo works your quads, butt and hamstring, and also your abs and shoulders. To do it, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Either using a bar with weights or hand weights held at shoulder height. Lower your body into a squat with your weight in your heals. Push through your heals to stand up and press weights or bar overhead. Return to starting position.
The good thing about this awesome exercise is that you can create so many variations to target different muscle groups. And, it’ easy to do them almost anywhere. Place your hands just wider than shoulder width apart with your toes tucked under, your body in a plank position. Lower yourself to the ground, keeping your muscles engaged. Touch your nose to the ground and extend your arms, push back up. Repeat as many times as you can.
Planks might be the best core workout there is. All you do, too, is lie facedown with your toes tucked and hold your body in a flat, belly-button-pulled-in position with your forearms on the ground, for 30 seconds to a minute (more if you can). Then, rest, and repeat. Planks work your back, abs and shoulders.
So, what is the best footbeds to wear for strength training? Well, when it comes to lifting especially, you want to make sure that your standing in correct body alignment. So, we recommend Footbalance Game Insole While this footbed is designed for high-impact court sports athletes, it is also well equipped to handle to the stress of extra weight in the weight room, especially when it comes to Olympic lifting (explosive movements)/
- Please, please, please, don’t lift weights unless you understand proper form.
- Risk of injury is too high when you naïvely throw around weight in the gym.
- Work with a trainer at your local gym to get started.