Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Farmer's Walk - Full Body Exercise

An excellent full body exercise move that is under-utilized is the farmer’s walk. The name comes from the many tasks of farming that require carrying heavy loads over distances. This one exercise uses forearm muscles, biceps, triceps, shoulders, back, legs and especially the core (lower back and abs).

Here is how it is done: Pick up a weight in each hand and walk with it. You can use dumbbells, kettle bells or even buckets filled with water or sand. Pick a weight that you can walk for about 30 seconds before having to set them down. Try 3-5 sets of 30 seconds each with a rest in between. Keep your shoulders back and do not lean forward. Keep increasing the weight at each subsequent session. For a more advanced version, walk in a zig zag pattern for a greater challenge to your core.

This is one of the most functional exercises you can do. "Fitness” should impact beyond what you do in the gym. Ideally, your fitness choices will enhance your everyday living. The Farmer’s Walk does exactly that. Whether you are carrying water buckets for the flower garden or carrying bags of wood pellets for the stove or even carrying groceries, the Farmer’s Walk will help strengthen your entire body for real life and make your load feel a little bit lighter.

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