More strengthening exercises

Our December 2005 article "Exercise sampler: Building hip strength" focused on lower-body exercises that help strengthen hipbones. Adding some or all of the following exercises will help round out your strength-training routine. Several of them work the muscles of the upper body.

Seated bridge

What. Works muscles of back thighs (hamstrings), back (spinal extensors), and buttocks (gluteus maximus).

How to. Sit slightly forward in a chair with your hands on the armrests. Your feet should be flat on the floor and slightly apart, and your upper body should be upright (don't lean forward). Using your arms for balance only, slowly raise your buttocks off the chair until nearly standing with your knees bent. Pause. Slowly sit back down. Aim for 8–12 repetitions. Rest and repeat the set.

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