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Muscle-strengthening exercises are definitely good for everyone. But there are some specific exercises that are great and can strengthen a person’s muscles all at once. These exercises are known as full-body exercises.

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The full-body exercise comprises a variety of muscle groups in a person’s body, and not just one. Other kinds of exercises will work one or two muscles, but these full-body exercises will do for the upper body, the lower body, and the core.

To be physically fit, one must combine these full-body exercises with any aerobic activity. This is to ensure that a person is exercising every part of their body. You will likely have your heart rate and breathing increased at a fast pace, but not to worry, the exercises will strengthen you eventually.

Some muscle-strengthening exercises use reps (shortened form of repetition— the total motion of an exercise) and sets (which is a certain number of reps). For the entire workout session, a person might be able to do different reps and sets of a full-body exercise, rest for some minutes, and then repeat the sets.

It has been proven that a complete workout session, however short or extended can improve a person’s overall health. Therefore, no matter how many sets you are able to do, you should not feel discouraged. If you are able to do these exercises regularly, they will be beneficial to you.

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Some of the full-body exercises you can do include:

  1. Pushups
  2. Squats
  3. Burpees
  4. Lunges
  5. Running
  6. Cycling
  7. Stair climbing
Doing the above-mentioned exercises for the first few days could make your muscles ache for a while, but if done regularly, you will get used to them. It is advisable that you give yourself enough rest for the day for your muscles to recover after each workout session. You can begin slowly during the first few days of doing these full-body exercises and gradually, you can increase the intensity. You will come to realise that these exercises are good for the muscle groups across your body.

Endeavour to incorporate these full-body exercises during your sessions and also add some aerobic exercises to them if you want your body to stay fit and healthy all the time.

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This article was first published on 14th March 2022


Ohia, Ernest Chigaemezu is a writer, editor, and grade teacher based in Jos, Nigeria.

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