3. Step Ups
This is an excellent exercise which works all the muscles in the lower part of the body, the ‘core’ muscles in the stomach and offers lots of variations for progression. Use a step or platform that’s almost knee height in order to work all the muscles equally. Aim to perform 3 sets of 15 reps and alternate the leading leg. To progress, you can try holding dumbbells by the side, hold an object straight out in front of the body or hold the object, or simply raise the hands, above the head. These will make the postural muscles work harder. Alternatively, lower the height of the step and try going faster for, say, 30secs, 45secs or 1min with rest between sets.
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