By Nora Tobin for Shape.com
When it comes to exercises, we tend to focus on movements that promise to lift, tighten, and tone common trouble zones. Personally, I favor the booty-sculpting and tummy-toning set (like these killer moves for a flat stomach). These exercises certainly deserve a spot in your routine, but there are also a few under-appreciated moves that work wonders for keeping your body healthy and pain free.
The following exercises may seem super easy (or even like a waste of time), but they do much more than you think and are crucial for helping your body reach its full potential. I incorporate these exercises into my routine every other day. As a result, I can play beach volleyball at a high level, climb, surf, and snowboard with hardly any risk of my body breaking down.
For more on fitness and exercise, click here.