Why it works: It’s rotational movement, overhead pressing, squatting, and stretching all in one. There’s a reason Mr. Miyagi had Daniel LaRusso paint his fence for hours in The Karate Kid. Even if you’re not taking up martial arts, painting—inside or out—is a killer workout.
Keys to success: Use a stable ladder. It’s one thing to slip off a stability ball in the gym but falling off a ladder can cause serious injury. Go easy on your neck, too. Pro painters know to position their body or ladder to minimize strain.
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