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By K.M. Langevin/Jan. 21, 2021 10:12 am EST
There's no denying that exercise provides lifelong benefits. Studies have confirmed exercise increases longevity and staves off illness (via Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine). And while many likely have a regular exercise habit, others of you might be trying to form a new habit and make exercise a part of your healthy lifestyle.
Either way, incorporating exercise into your life might feel like a relatively easy decision, but determining what underrated exercises you should do might pose questions. This may be especially true if you grew up doing sit-ups or pushups (complete with poor form) in gym class or started working out on Nautilus machines when you first joined a gym.
Just as there are some seriously overrated exercises, there are some exercises that are underrated — many of which can help us address modern-day challenges. While one may help you minimize stress, another can relieve muscular tension. "[We] can combat pain found in the body by easily exercising certain muscles we typically wouldn't think to," Nate Ho, fitness director of the UFC GYM in Mililani, Hawaii told Health Digest. Here's a look at some of the best and seriously underrated exercises to try.