If you have an impeccable diet regimen going, chances are you are well on your way to your fitness goals. Nonetheless, a surprising amount of people ignore the other half of the fitness equation which is exercise.
Not only will exercise make the rest of your life easier (it certainly gives you room to maneuver in your diet), it also provides numerous benefits that have little to do with your waist line. You will feel better, have more energy, and actually look like a physically fit individual. If you are a beginner, there are plenty of easy and simple exercises you can do. Some of the best exercises are listed below.
Perhaps the best and most efficient exercises are those that utilize various muscle groups simultaneously. These are known as “compound exercises”. Some obvious examples are squats, push-ups and pull-ups.
Push-ups alone can exercise your biceps, triceps, chest muscles, back muscles, and shoulders at the same time. Compound exercises often have different configurations based on the specific muscles you want to work. There are narrow pull-ups, wide grip pull-ups, reverse grip pull-ups, and even the weighted variety.
If you have trouble performing a full push-up or pull-up, there are versions for beginners. You can execute a push-up from your knees, or use a chair for added leverage when doing pull-ups.
The staple of almost every workout regimen is some exercise that enhances cardiovascular endurance. This is because cardio workouts are excellent at burning fat quickly. They also strengthen your heart and help fight cardiovascular disease.
Running on the treadmill (or outside) is probably the most common cardio workout, but there are certainly others. Ellipticals, stationary bikes, or even jumping jacks can all serve the same purpose. If you need variety, there are thousands of “workout DVDs” that offer specific programs ranging from Tae Bo to pole dancing.
If you do not have the time to devote an hour of the day to cardio, position the treadmill in your living room and run while you watch television. Even simply taking the stairs instead of the elevator or going on long walks in the morning or at night can go a long way in helping you strengthen your heart and burn calories.
HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training, is an excellent variation of cardiovascular exercise that is proven to burn fat far better than normal cardio. With HIIT, you alternate exercising at a high intensity with at a low-medium intensity. For example, you will jog for three minutes followed by a two minute sprint. This is done approximately five to eight times (or as long as you want) for a period of half an hour to forty five minutes.
HIIT essentially tricks your body into thinking that you are operating at a high intensity the whole time, thus burning even more fat than normal exercise. It also spares muscle mass, so almost all of the weight you lose will be fat. Perform HIIT in the mornings for a boost that will speed up your metabolism for the whole day.