When you live a busy life, it can be quite hard to stay in shape. And while this guide isn’t written to turn you into a bodybuilder, it can certainly kick start you towards a healthier lifestyle.
The key to a workout is a warm up. It may be said a lot, but it really is true. Now, jumping jacks may sound rather juvenile, or silly, but they are practiced for a reason. Jumping works a large amount of your lower body, and adding in the arm swing works most of your upper body, save for the lower chest and back. However, they do burn an exceptionally good amount of calories, and warm up your muscles for more activity. This being said it does not need to be done solely in warm up, they are a very good at helping you stay active.
It may sound completely obvious, but jogging is good for you! Jogging, quite like jumping jacks works a great deal of muscles, but also works the chest and core, which is a great way to burn calories, and an even better way to work on cardio which makes your heart rate and breathing at a resting state. Most of all, it’s very easy to do, and doesn’t require any equipment. However, it can be hard to do in a colder climate to do this, so an alternative I would recommend doing more jumping jacks, and adding in several ab exercises, such as a plank or sit ups.
While this one isn’t exactly one dedicated exercise, it is a very important component of health. Your abs, also called the core (and for good reason) are a conduit to nearly every muscle in the body, and nearly every action you can perform. Having good abs is not only attractive, but it can help with breathing, speed, and allover strength. For this I would recommend a regiment of situps, which most of us know as an exercise where we lay on our back, and lift our upper body to our knees using only (or mostly) our abs. I would also recommend planking, which is a workout runners often perform. It entails laying on your stomach, and then raising yourself from the ground with only your toes, and your arms, which should be crossed so that your elbows take most of the weight of your body. These two exercises are very beneficial to all of your body, and can help tremendously in helping you get in shape.
This one is quite easy. All it requires is a chair and some effort. To do this, you hover over the chair as if you are going to sit down. Place your hands palm down, fingers facing out on the edge of the chair. Then plant your heels on the ground a yard or so in front of the chair. You must then suspend your body over the chair, and lift your body up and down from the chair. This workout mainly works your arms, but also works the rest of your body by forcing you to balance with your heels alone.
I hope this brief guide helped to not only motivate you, but give you some places to start working on a healthier lifestyle. Good luck, and don’t forget to stretch after and often!