Did you know there are more than 600 muscles in the human body? Yet only a fraction are used during any given workout.
Many of us play favorites when picking which muscles to engage, focusing primarily on exposed areas such as the legs and arms. But selective exercising could lead to imbalances and injuries in muscles that are valuable to your daily activities.
Below are three areas you probably aren't exercising, but should.
Rotator cuff. This area consists of four muscles that merge above the humerus (upper arm bone). Just as its name suggests, the rotator cuff is responsible for arm rotation at the shoulder joint. Add lying external rotations to your workout to strengthen this muscle group.
Gluteus medius. The glutes are some of the most important muscles in your body. Not only do they amplify your appearance in your favorite pair of jeans, they are necessary for athletic performance and knee and hip health, as well.
Most workouts target the biggest muscle in your rear — the gluteus maximus. Its neglected neighbor, the gluteus medius, needs equal attention to protect and enhance hip rotation and leg stability when walking or running. Add clamshell exercises to your workout to strengthen this muscle group.
Trapezius. Not to be confused with a circus act, the trapezius runs along the back and neck, and when conditioned properly helps with neck extension, as well as shoulder stabilization and movement. If you are hunched over a desk all day or lug around an oversized book bag, you've most likely experienced the tightness associated with strained or underworked trapezius muscles.
For this exercise, start with just your body weight and then increase the challenge by incorporating light free weights or a resistance band.
Don't let missed muscles throw your body off balance.