Well summertime is right around the corner, what are you going to do? You have two options: get up and MOVE or stay sedentary. If I were you I’d pick the first one. Let me give you some reasons why. We all like to get dressed and look good, the question is: “How good do you want to look?” If you want those jeans from last year to fit then you are aiming to burn calories that are stored as fat around your waistline. However, you cannot spot reduce; therefore you need to have an overall transformation to get your body in shape.
First thing to do is get on the treadmill, bike or optical machine and get moving! In the beginning you can start slow but once you get the hang of it (in a couple weeks or so) you can move up your training to a new level. So that means adding resistance to your bike or optical, or adding an incline to your treadmill. This exercise is known as performing cardiovascular exercise. These exercises help your heart and lungs to function better together and handle the challenges you may pose to it on a daily basis that is if you opt to take the steps rather than that lazy elevator or escalator. I truly love recommending cardiovascular exercises because these all support keeping the arteries in your body clear rather than “clogged”. Other forms of cardiovascular exercises can be: hiking, swimming, tennis, dancing, kickboxing, etc. Things that make you sweat and get your heart pumping are good!
If you want to look extra good and tone all those beautiful muscles in your body, than consider incorporating a resistive program into your exercise regime. This doesn’t mean you have to have a gym in your basement full of resistive weights and barbells/dumbbell. Let’s review some of the easy ways to create a gym right in the comfort of your own home. Resistive bands are an excellent way to get started when trying out a new program. They are usually different colors for a reason; this indicates the level of resistance they would provide. Therefore, you can start light and move up as you build muscle and get stronger. Some of the resistive bands even come with a full workout routine that you can follow if you are confused about where to start. Another exercise apparatus that I have in my own home is the stability ball. I also use it as my work chair in my office. This is an easy way to tone up the core muscles, which surround your waist like a corset. This helps you become stronger and decrease back pain from weak muscles. Oh and if you want that “6 pack” by summertime then you’d better get moving, the abdominal muscles play a vital role in core stability and support.
So ask yourself a couple of questions: How good do you want to look? How hard are you willing to work? How bad do you want it? If you can provide the right answers, I can provide the right advice. Get up and get moving, dedicate time for you to look good and feel better, I promise you won’t regret it.
Category: Exercise Physiology