The year is still relatively new. There is still time for you to start a new workout regimen if your goal for this year is to lose weight and to gain more strength. Below are 5 exercises to jump-start your new fitness routine.
Walking is the most accessible and most affordable exercise that you can do. All you need is a good pair of shoes, time and the willpower to commit to walking for at least 30 minutes, three times a week. If you want to make your walking sessions more challenging, you need to increase your pace naturally.
Some people think that walking is good only for the legs, but the truth is it offers plenty of other health benefits. It is actually an excellent cardiovascular exercise. It can also strengthen your glute muscles and hips.
Planks are generally considered as an abdominal exercise. But anyone who has tried to do planks for more than 10 seconds can tell you that they can feel the burn all over the body. This is because planks also engage the chest muscles, calves, glutes, shoulders and triceps. For planks to be useful though you need to maintain a useful form. Remember to pull your stomach in and to breathe naturally.
We often do squats in our everyday lives without noticing them. This is why squats are considered as a functional exercise. Whenever we shift from a standing to a seated position, we do a squat. To perform this movement, we need to strengthen the muscles used in squatting such as the thigh muscles and the glutes. To do this, we need to include squats in our daily exercise regimen. As with other exercises, you need to make sure that your form is correct while doing squats. You should avoid overextending your knee and keep your thighs parallel to the ground.
The golden exercise called push-up is one of the best upper body exercises that you can do. If done correctly, it can help strengthen the muscles of the shoulders, triceps and of course the chest. Push-ups also engage the core muscles. The best thing about push-ups is that almost anyone can do it regardless of fitness level. If you are having a hard time doing it on the floor, then you can start by doing push-ups on a table or any elevated surface. You can also do a kneeling push-up. Then once you notice that you are getting, then that’s when you can start doing real push-ups on the ground.
Still, the best abdominal exercise is the crunch. Anyone who wants to have a flatter stomach this year should do crunches regularly. Again, the secret is in doing the exercise correctly. Remember to engage your abdominal muscles when you do crunches. Do not pull your neck or stick your chin out. Let the ab muscles do the work instead.
You should also keep the chest and shoulders open by keeping your elbows out of your line of vision. You should also avoid holding your breath when doing crunches.