Let’s not beat around the bush – exercise is crucial to a happy, long life. However, finding the time to do it can be tricky. We all have time constraints. You may be going through a hectic period at work or have kids that depend on you to cook dinner. When you’re super busy, squeezing a little exercise into your daily routine is better than doing none at all. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Quick and easy cardio
How much do you get your blood pumping on a daily basis? Research shows that engaging in regular cardio can help to improve the health of your heart. It hardly takes a genius to understand that looking after your heart is essential to your overall well-being. Don’t panic if you don’t have all that long to work out – just try some of these exercises.
Get down into the plank position, with the majority of your weight on your upper arms. When you are stable, start moving your legs upward toward your chest. The motion should be the same as if you were running up the side of a mountain. Try this exercise as fast as you can for minute-long blasts. Simple.
If you’ve got the room in your home, you might want to give some star jumps a go. Again, these couldn’t be easier. Many of you will recall them from gym class when you were in high school. Start with your feet a hip-width apart and then jump. As you do so reach your arms and legs outward in a star-like position. Repeat 10 or more times.
Of course, one of the easiest ways to get the cardio workout that you need is to jog. If you haven’t the time to leave the house, you could try jogging on the spot. Set a timer on your smartphone or any other device. Try jogging for five to 10 minutes at a time. Make sure to lift your knees as high as possible for the best results.
It’s not all about raising that heart rate! You might also want to dedicate some time to toning up your muscles as well. Most people think that the only way to do this is to practice some weight lifting exercises. That is simply not the case. In fact, there are some rather simple things you can do at home that will do the trick.
Hitting your quads, hamstrings, and calves, you can’t go far wrong with some good old-fashioned squats. Stand with your feet a hip-width apart and slowly squat downward. As you do so, make sure that you press your heels through the floor and take the tension up a notch. You might just find it makes all the difference. Repeat 10-20 times.
If you’re looking to find a toning exercise that hits all the major areas of your core, you might just have found it. As the name suggests, start in the plank position. The key here is to hold the pose for as long as possible. Ensure that your back is straight and that you’re not curving it. Your butt should be pulled downward too. Set a timer for 30 seconds.
One of the easiest ways to effectively target your abs is to regularly engage in sit-ups. These exercises are pretty simple to master once you know how. Lying flat on your back, bring your knees up to a bent position. Next, hold your hands to the side of your head and raise the upper body toward your knees. Keep the tension in your core. Repeat 30-40 times during each set of sit-ups.
Start in the plank position and make sure that your stance is as stable as possible. Lower yourself toward the floor by bending your arms. Keep your weight as evenly distributed as possible. Push yourself back up to the planking position using your arms. Repeat this action around 30-40 times per set. It might take work, but it’s worth it.
Time to work out!
Now that you’ve mastered these exercises, what are you waiting for? Make a habit out of exercising on a daily basis. Doing so could make all the difference to your health and well-being. Plus, if you want to take things to the next level, reach out and contact me. I’m happy to help you reach your fitness and health goals!
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