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Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  June 22, 2012 01:49 PM

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On the days I don't run (which is every other day, by the way), I lift weights, or do yoga, or bike.

I'm constantly changing up my workouts to help keep me from getting bored. But, even then, I find myself wanting new strength ideas, or new exercises to try for various muscle groups. And since I don't have a personal trainer in my back pocket, I'll often take to the Internet to find new suggestions.

Since many of you have asked what types of strength exercises I do, here's a little roundup of the places I like to browse for ideas.

Remember: Don't try any exercises without consulting your doctor first, please.
This site's free "exercise of the month" feature is a good place to start when I don't know what I'm in the mood to try. From ab exercises to moves to help tone and sculpt your arms, this little feature runs the gamut. I like this because I never know what the exercise will be so it's a surprise. Sometimes it's super hard. Sometimes it's easy. Either way, it helps me keep things interesting.
This site is easy to search if you're looking for something specific. Want to work your legs? Easy. Click on the link on the home page that says "leg workout." Not sure what you want? Check out the featured exercises at the bottom of the page. A lot of these exercises are not new, or groundbreaking, but this site helps provide me with good reminders of exercises I already know how to do that I could try again, as well as suggestions on how many reps of each I should try.

www.bodyrock.tvIf you can get past the sexy outfits on some of the fitness models on this site, this is actually a great workout resource. I find many of the BodyRock routines quite tough. They, like the other sites I mentioned above, have a "today's workout" feature, and a routine for beginners that I really enjoy.

All of these web sites are free and, I find, easy to navigate.

You should check with a fitness professional for information on how best to do these exercises, and what's appropriate for your body and fitness level. At the least, these video resources can help you add some variety to your routines for new ideas, or remind you of old exercises you may have forgotten that you previously learned how to do.

What are some of your favorite exercise resources?

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.


Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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