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Walking and Squats Top List of Most Effective Exercises

7 Most Effective Exercises

When it comes to exercises, not all are created equal. While we all may have our favorites, some are better known to be more effective at getting the job done than others. WebMD has created a list of their top seven (odd number, eh?) most effective exercises and here are highlights:

  • Walking. Any exercise program should include cardiovascular exercise, which strengthens the heart and burns calories. And walking is something you can do anywhere, anytime, with no equipment other than a good pair of shoes.

  • Interval training. Whether you're a beginner or an exercise veteran, a walker or an aerobic dancer, adding interval training to your cardiovascular workout will boost your fitness level and help you lose weight.
  • Squats. Strength training is essential, the experts say. And our experts tended to favor strength-training exercises that target multiple muscle groups. Squats, which work the quadriceps, hamstrings, and gluteals, are an excellent example.

There are more effective exercises so


  • Lunges. Like squats, lunges work all the major muscles of the lower body: gluteals, quadriceps, and hamstrings. Lunges are a bit more advanced than squats helping to improve your balance as well.
  • Push-ups. If done correctly, the push-up can strengthen the chest, shoulders, triceps, and even the core trunk muscles, all at one time.
  • Abdominal Crunches. Who doesn't want firm, flat abs? Experts say that when done correctly, the familiar crunch (along with its variations) is a good choice to target them.
  • Bent-over Row. Talk about bang for the buck: This exercise works all the major muscles of the upper back, as well as the biceps.

So which do you do? I do all seven — w00t, w00t!


Lindzy49 Lindzy49 9 years
Burst or surge training, sometimes called interval training, is apparently really good for you! It's basically doing your maximum for a short period of time (20 secs.) then resting the same amount of time and so on. Look it up for more info, but I really recommend it!
Hoaxerz Hoaxerz 9 years
This is a great list. I think (barbell) squats are the best exercise ever, along with interval training.
instantglamour instantglamour 9 years
Woot! I do all but row.
emlod10 emlod10 9 years
how does pilates measure up? I feel like it incorporates many of these, besides the walking.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
These are really basic exercises that we've been doing since PE in school. I really wanna hear something new.
melizzle melizzle 9 years
Yay, I do them all! :)
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
All except for lunges
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
I used to do 300 crunches a day in my ballet class but I don't find it challenging anymore. I like stabilizing exercises much better.
ElissaM ElissaM 9 years
I fit in things like this while watching tv or talking on the phone at night. I keeps me from wanting to snack when I do 100 crunches at 9pm!!
gigill gigill 9 years
When I used to take classes I would do all of these! I just moved and checked out my new gym for classes, so hopefully they incorporate these moves as well. Fit - I notice these exercises cover cardiovascular and muscular fitness, but what about flexibility? It's an area that is so often ignored and I'm wondering what are some good exercises to improve flexibility?
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
I wear pencil skirts. Lunging to get tea would look ridiculous.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
I do them all too except the bent over row. I tend to just use the row machine at the gym. I do lunges all day long and squats. Walking to the water color? Lunge all the way there. Refilling my tea? Lunge. Bathroom? Squat. Standing at the desk? Squat Squat squat. :)
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I do all of those...not all at once though. I usually alternate between squats and lunges and I also do additional core work on my stability ball.
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
I love intervals!
hottpink hottpink 9 years
Whoo hoo! I do all seven except I run instead of walk!
Renann22 Renann22 9 years
I do some of these! I do NOT like push ups or lunges!!!!!!!!!
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
Plank is where you hold a pushup position. Also can do them to the side. Works the muscles in your abs that stabilize.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
Ditto on the lunges hurting my ankle. I sprained it a few months ago and lunges are never the same. Walking lunges hurt less though.
vxgirlxv vxgirlxv 9 years
Just started working out again and was looking for something like this thats straight to the point. My biggest problem is that I get board real fast and give up. Hopefully this will work....for the moment! VicVicVictooriaa......whats the plank??
wren1 wren1 9 years
I knew lunges would be on the list. I"m another person who hates lunges! But I do them anyway. :) The only one I'm not doing is the bent-over row. I'll have to add this one to my routine.
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
I read about this the other day on WebMD....a very good list and luckily i do all of those exercises!! I cant always find time to go to the gym, so here at work i do lunges when i walk through our warehouse and squats in the bathroom (like someone above does too!!) I also take jaunts up and down the stairs as well...the push-ups you can do without even getting down on the floor. Just find a wall and stand a ways away from it and then do them against the wall. Works great! Then i go to the gym at night and do my walking/interval training as well as abs crunches. Glad to know im doing the right stuff!! :D
VicVicVictooriaa VicVicVictooriaa 9 years
Well I dont walk, I run and use the arc trainer...and I dont do intervals with the arc trainer really (like there is more resistance for 2 minutes and then less understand) But I do everything else! My pushups have improved so much. Although i think they should ahve a top 8 and add stomach has never been flatter and my posture has never been better since I have incorporated that
simplycutebecka simplycutebecka 9 years
I am just starting out again so walking is number one with me, I use the elliptical to interval train [i guess]. I hope to keep on adding more exercises as I get stronger and fitter.
oh-lady-e oh-lady-e 9 years
I do all of those! I feel very accomplished now. Hehe. I need to incorporate more pushups and the last move into my workouts... I have terrible upper body strength...
rumpel2 rumpel2 9 years
i do all, but the last one - instead i do the one-arm dumbell row!
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