5 Muscles You Ignore In Your Workout Did you know there are 640 muscles in your body? That’s a lot of gym time if you want to target them all! The good news is that most of the time many of these muscles are working together to accomplish the action. If you’re just walking, you’re using 200 muscles. Heck, just lifting your leg and moving it forward uses 40 of them. Despite how our bodies are interconnected, there are 5 muscles that most people ignore when they’re working out. In no particular order, here’s what muscles you’re likely missing, and how you can target them. The Muscles in Your Feet These are some of the most important muscles in your body. They help with balance and running stability. Most of the time at the gym, your feet are firmly planted on the ground. This isn’t a bad thing – it’s to help avoid injury. However, it does nothing to strengthen the muscles in your feet. In order to target this group, you’ll need a little instability. Things like a slack line, balance board, or a gymnastics beam can greatly help. Even just walking on a line painted on the floor will suffice. When doing any exercise that requires balance, you should leave the weights behind. This will help avoid injury. Rotator Cuff This muscle group helps keep your arm attached to the shoulder. Well, kind of. They actually stabilize your arm within the shoulder socket. These are the muscles that actually allow you to rotate your shoulder. They’re very important for arm mobility. Sadly, we used to target these muscles all the time in gym class growing up, but most adults forget they even exist! This group of muscles can be exercised by putting your arms directly out to the sides, and slightly forward. Then move them up and down. You can also put them straight out to the side and start with small circles gradually getting bigger and vice versa. (Remember that one from gym class?) The Tibialis Anterior Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of this one before. No one ever talks about it. If you’d had shin splints, you’ll wish they had. This muscle sits on your lower leg , right next to the shinbone. It’s vital to anything you do that uses your legs – like walking. Exercising it is insanely simple: just sit in a chair with your feet flat on the ground, then lift your toes while keeping the heel grounded. The Erector Spinae Ok, you probably think we’re just making up muscles at this point. This muscle group is responsible for keeping you upright. If you have good posture, you can thank the erector spinae muscles. These muscles travel down your back along the spine between your neck and hip bones. Most of us work on our back muscles in some way – even if it’s just push-ups. However, push-ups won’t target this group. You’ll need to do the opposite of push-ups. Lay flat on the floor and lift your arms, legs and head into the air. Feel that? That’s the erector spinae at work. Gluteus Minimus The gluteus maximus gets all the fame, while the gluteus minimus does all the work. The gluteus minimus is located on your upper rear end, just off to the sides. The gluteus maximus is only able to look its best because the minimus is holding it up. This muscle also helps stabilize your pelvis. It goes to work when you’re climbing, or basically any time you have one leg on the ground and one in motion. If you like using stairs, this muscle is important. Strengthening this muscle is a little more difficult. You need a little resistance to make it work. Taking a resistance band and attaching it to one ankle while you stand on the other. Then stretch the attached ankle out to the side. This is the best way for muscle growth here. With over 600 muscles to look out for, you can be forgiven for missing a few. These five will help stability and daily activities like standing and walking. Give them a little TLC now and your future self will thank you. It's always free to have a profile - join now and enjoy your 1st 30 days as a Premium member on us, no credit card required! About the Author: David Quenneville FHMatch, all-in-one `Business in a Box! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch ! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments| Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance| Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , Pinterest , LinkedIn