Quick and easy exercises that will help you on your way to sticking to your New Year’s resolutions

 In Advice, Healthy Tips

For many of us losing weight are at the top of our New Year’s resolutions lists. However, on how many occasions do we put exercise on the list as well? Unfortunately, there are no quick fixes if you wish to lose weight in a healthy manner.

Don’t give up just yet. We’ve compiled a few of our favourite exercises that are easy to do in the comfort of your home with no gym equipment necessary.

The Plank

Benefits: Tighter, stronger abs as well as stronger shoulders.

How to do it correctly: Lie down on a mat and settle into a push-up position. Prop yourself on your elbows which should be bent at 90 degrees. Don’t dip or lift your but as you’re holding the position and see how long you can hold the position. Don’t push yourself too hard. The more you do it every day, the long you’ll find you’re able to hold the position.

Squats

Benefits: Builds quads, hamstrings and shapely calves. This exercise will also strengthen your core.

How to do it correctly: Stand with your shoulders back, feet shoulder-width apart with your arms extended in front of you.  Bend your knees as though you’re going to take a seat and rise back up again. You can do this exercise at the office or at home while watching TV.

Suck in your stomach

Benefits: Tightens your core and helps protect the spine.

How to do it correctly: Sit or stand up straight. Take a deep breath and as you exhale, contract your abdominal muscles or, in simpler terms, suck in your stomach. Maintain the contraction for 10 to 20 seconds and release. You can repeat this exercise 10 to 15 times a day while sitting at your desk, driving or watching TV.

Standing push-ups

Benefits: This exercise targets your chest and arm muscles.

How to do it correctly: Stand approximately 2 feet from a counter with your arms extended and palms pressing against it. While keeping your body straight, perform a standard push-up. This is an easier alternative to the traditional push-up and can be performed at your desk, the dining room table or inside your kitchen.

 

Be sure to contact your healthcare provider or a personal trainer before attempting an exercise or weight-loss programme. Losing weight the healthy way might take a bit longer but the results will be greater and last longer. Remember, it’s not about being uber skinny or fitting into a three-year-old pair of jeans. It’s all about maintaining a healthy weight and taking care of yourself. Don’t give up; all difficult beginnings become easier.

Okay, we will stop with the #MondayMotivations and leave you to it.     

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