There isn’t really a wrong way to approach your workouts, but there might just be a better way for you to get the results you’re hoping for.
As big a part of my life as the IT world is, it’s not the only thing I think about. I also happen to be an avid fitness enthusiast! I believe exercise and wellness are big parts of leading a happy, healthy, and successful life, and I’d like to pass that on to you.
In this series, I’ll share simple and effective tips and insight for leading a healthier life. Keep these in mind, and you’ll be surprised by how soon you feel a difference!
This week I’ll be sharing a couple of great workouts to help you strengthen and tone specific body parts.
There are a ton of great reasons to make fitness a part of your everyday life. Whatever your motivations are, whatever your end goal might be, the important thing is that you’re working towards becoming a healthier and happier version of yourself.
With that in mind, if you couldn’t care less about running a marathon and just want to feel confident in a swimsuit when summer or your next vacation rolls around, that’s still a great reason to hit the gym. Your finish line can be literal or metaphorical, so long as you’re committed to reaching it.
Getting in shape isn’t easy, and more often than you might think, people go about trying to change their bodies in ways that aren’t terribly effective. The right diet and a consistent level of physical activity can be enough to help you shed those extra pounds, but if you’re looking to tone or strengthen your abs, legs, or arms, you’re going to need to do a little more than walk on a treadmill.
If you’ve got a gym membership, the trainers on staff will be more than happy to show you which equipment will help you with those goals, and how to get the most out of your workout sessions with them. However, if you’re tackling fitness on your own, you can still get great results at home. Give these workouts a try:
Legs and Glutes
When it comes to areas a lot of folks would like to have looking a little more toned, thighs and butts tend to top that list. Targeted resistance exercises are a great way to get the results you’re looking for, and many of them don’t require equipment of any kind – making them a great option for home workouts.
Squats, Lunges, and Step-Ups are as easy as they are effective. All three of these exercises target the legs, hips, and butt, and can be done just about anywhere. A quick search on YouTube will show you how what a proper stance looks like, how many reps you should be doing as you start out and as you progress, and how you can tweak these exercises to add an extra challenge as your fitness level increases.
Whether you’re hoping to look buff, build upper body strength, or just want to look good in a tank top, a good arm workout is a great place to start. While there’s nothing wrong with an old-fashioned pushup, there are more effective exercises you can try out.
Triangle Pushups and Dips are both moves you can do at home without any equipment needed. A Triangle Pushup adds an extra degree of difficulty for better results, while Dips target the same muscle groups with nothing more than your own body weight and a sturdy chair. Check out a YouTube video or two for a visual walkthrough, and some tips to help you get started.
Sit-Ups and crunches are the go-tos for an effective core workout, and while they’re good to have in your repertoire, you’re going to want to try some different moves to get the results you’re looking for.
The plank is another equipment-free workout that does a lot for your body. Great for both your abs and arms, there are a few variations you can try once you’ve built up enough strength to not worry about your plank turning into a face plant. Twists target your abs and lower back – which is important for balance and a balanced workout.
Last but not least, consider giving yoga a try. There are plenty of great tutorials available for free online, and yoga is not only amazing for building up your core strength, but it also helps with flexibility, which reduces your chances of injury during other, more strenuous workouts. Throw in some yoga after your cardio to switch things up.