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10 exercises for full-body fitness that make you strong (but sore) all over

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Functional fitness moves that work several muscles at once will trump leg day

6. Knee lift with lateral raise

Functional fitness moves that work several muscles at once will trump leg day
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Functionality: This exercise improves your core strength and balance as well as strengthens and tones your shoulders.

More: Why your muscles get less sore the more you work out

Exercise: Stand tall with a 5-pound weight in each hand, arms to your sides. Lift your right knee until it reaches hip level while lifting your arms straight out to the side to form a T at your shoulders. Hold for 2 seconds, making sure your belly button is pulled back toward your spine, and then lower to the start position. Repeat 10 to 15 times for each leg. Increase the weight of the dumbbells as you get stronger.

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