If exercise means going to the gym in your mind, then think again. You may be putting off that much needed exercise and watching your belly grow because you mistakenly believe that you need to go someplace and it takes just too much time, too much gas and way too much effort.
You can get all the exercise you need in the confines of your own home, and its always open, the towels are clean, and no one elses sweat is on the exercise machine. Oh yes, the power drinks are free. Well, at least more inexpensive.
Start your own gym by adopting some exercise routines as part of your daily regime. Its best not to do them right before bedtime because theyll pump you up and make you wide-awake. If, thats the only time you have available, dont let that stop you.
Everyone needs fitness in their life to live better and look better. When you begin, start with a couple of fat burning exercises. Theyre simple, well not complicated, but they use a lot of energy and build the muscles. These two workouts are all you need to burn fat.
Workout number one:
Squats and push-ups combined-Squats are just sitting with no chair. This sounds relatively simple but once you try it, youll understand that imaginary chairs are tough on the body. Spread you legs so your feet are at shoulder width and toes outward at a 45-degree angle. Youll recognize how much to bend your knees if you do much sitting at all.
Bend at the knee until your rump hits the imaginary cushion on the chair. Inhale when you descend and exhale when you rise. Push with your stomach and imagine youre the toothpaste and the stomach is pushing you up and out of the tube.
To add intensity and more work to the workout, hold dumbbells or even vegetable or juice cans in your hands, anything that gives more resistance and makes the workout more difficult. Squat 31 one more times. After completing all 32 repetitions, youre ready for the push-ups.
Men should get into push up position but if your upper arm strength isnt what it should be or you are female, you might want to start in kneeling position until you build to the point that you can do a full body extended push up. Inhale as you go down and exhale as you push yourself up.
Use the stomach muscles and tighten them and the glutes as you rise. Do eight push-ups, pause for just a second and then do two more sets of eight. Take a breather; you probably need it by now.
Workout number two:
Start with the jumping jack. If you arent sure how to do a jumping jack, its quite simple. Begin with the arms straight out to the side and your feet together.
On the count of one jump into the air as you smack your hands together above your head and land with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart.
Keep breathing naturally as you do the jumping jack.
Be careful not to hold your breath or try to inhale on each movement as that causes hyperventilation. Both make you pass out.
This exercise shakes the body and works every muscle. If you want to vary it a bit, make your hands and arms go in different directions from the normal jumping jack. Put them in front of you and raise one at a time in a scissor motion. Do this for several repetitions and then go back to the standard jumping jack. It breaks the monotony.
Make it burn by jumping rope. Your legs will start to burn when you jump rope for just a few minutes, just imagine the pain and gain youll get from a 20 minute workout. Start slowly at twenty minutes but always make you final goal 45 minutes. The rope is optional. Use a staircase, elevated area, or even make use of all those phone books that you find in your doorway.
Place them next to each other to form a platform. Jump on the platform with your feet together and then off in a rhythmic motion like a jump rope brings.
These two workouts are starting points. Alternate between the two until you feel comfortable that youve conquered them.
By that time your push up should be a lot easier, not just because youre stronger, but also because youve burned so much fat, theres less of you to push up! Keep a routine going. No matter where you start, try to improve.
Begin with a workout every other day until your muscles are ready for daily workouts. That might be right away for some, but for others it could take a couple of weeks. You might try putting the two together a few times before you begin adding other exercises. When you add exercise, keep it simple. This makes it easy to remember so you tend to do them more frequently.