Getting the Most from Your Workout – 6 Exercises You Should Try

By Rebecca Lewis on November 07, 2013

Sometimes, the best exercises are those that we do not do. It’s probably because we don’t know that such exercises exist or they are so challenging that we’d rather do something different and easier. Here is a list of some of the most effective exercises and how they, when done right, can benefit your health:

Walking

Who among us choose to park their car at least one kilometre from their offices to walk their way to health? This form of exercise might sound so easy but still – it can do amazing wonders to your health. You need not an expensive treadmill to perform this exercise. All you need is a good pair of shoes. If you’re looking to make walking an exercise routine, start with at least 10 minutes on it. Then, gradually increase your pace and walking duration.

Squats

This exercise targets several muscle groups – your hamstrings, quads and glutes all at the same time. When you squat, make sure your back is straight. Bend your knees and lower your rear as if you were sitting down on a chair. It is important that you keep your form nice and proper to make the most out of this workout.

Interval Training

Don’t have time for exercise? Then you should try HIIT (high-intensity interval training). This workout routine helps you burn lots of calories at a short period of time. What’s more – it can amp your metabolism for the next 48 hours! The idea behind interval training is to vary the intensity of your workout instead of sticking to a steady pace. Even though it is a short routine, you don’t want to start with easy HIIT workouts and don’t forget to warm up and cool down in each session. A trainer can fine-tune the workout based on your fitness level.

Push-ups

This exercise might be a little challenging for some but it’s really worth the effort. Push-ups strengthen your chest, shoulders, triceps and core muscles. If you want a lean, beautifully toned arms, try doing push-ups several times a day. If you’re new to push-up, you can start by leaning into a kitchen counter. You can go lower into a desk or chair, then eventually to the floor.

Lunges

Just like squats, lunges target most muscle groups in your lower body. To do a lunge, take a big step forward and bend your front knee to about 90 degrees. Make sure to keep your back straight and your weight on your back toes, and drop your back knee toward the floor (but don’t let it touch the floor). A more advanced form of lunges includes stepping to each side.

Crunches

Want to have a toned abs? This is a great workout choice. Crunches are quite tough but as they say – no pain, no gain! There are different types of crunches. The most common form is one that requires you to lie on your back with your feet flat on the floor and your head resting in your palms. Once ready, contract your abdominal muscles, and raise your head, and then your neck, shoulders, and upper back off the floor. Tuck your chin slightly, and lower you back on the floor.

If you have been sedentary for a long time, you’re over 40, or you have a health problem, check with your doctor first before starting a fitness programme. Begin with moderate workouts and gradually increase their intensity, and keep challenging yourself!

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