Many of us find various excuses not to exercise - be it indoors or outdoors. Whether it is too much work at the office, feeling too lazy to workout, or even the weather - it’s time to put them aside and motivate oneself to be a fitter individual. Exercising is the best way to stay fit and keep several common health conditions at bay. Here are some of the simple yet effective exercises that you can benefit from.
Burpees are great for activating the muscles all over the body. They help to enhance both cardiovascular and muscular endurance, thereby improving your strength on a holistic level. Burpees strengthen the arms, thighs, calf muscles, abs, triceps, and pectorals.
Pushups are a fundamental exercise that especially strengthens your upper body. While doing pushups, it is best to keep your elbows facing backward and your neck in a neutral position for maximum effect. If your upper body strength is inadequate to do a regular pushup, try dropping your knees down, which would make it easier.
Squats are excellent for engaging the muscles around the thighs, calves, and buttocks. They strengthen the muscles and also enable you to burn a lot of calories. It is best to carry out at least 20 reps in each set, and performing squats with weights is an added advantage.
Running or jogging are complete exercises that activate all the muscles of the body. Running is a cardiovascular exercise that is often preferred as a warm-up activity before going for a workout with weights. Running or jogging for at least 15 minutes every day burns a significant number of calories and reduces the chances of developing cardiac health concerns.
Swimming, similar to running, burns a lot of calories and activates the muscles throughout the body. It improves blood circulation, relieves stress - both physical and mental, and helps in muscular growth. It would be a great idea to enroll at your local swimming club for regular swimming sessions or casually take a dip in the nearby lakes or beaches.
Bicycling is a medium-impact outdoor activity that works the heart and the muscles of the lower body. Be it biking on the road or off-roading, it is best to wear the appropriate safety gear at all times to prevent injuries.
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