In order to lose some ounces and look fit and fine, physical activity is of utmost importance
Are you keen on losing some ounces and looking fit and fabulous every day? Then physical activity should be of utmost importance to you.
Among other benefits, adequate physical activity improves muscular and cardiorespiratory fitness, enhances bone and functional health, and helps prevent depression and promote mental health.
To jump-start your new fitness regimen, here are the five exercises you should do for a healthy lifestyle:
Yes, you heard that right! What we do every time, is also a good exercise at the same time. Try to walk at a brisk pace for at least 30 minutes in most days of the week. If your schedule is tight, split up the walking for the entire day into 10-minute blocks. By doing this, our glute muscles get active, which are notoriously weak, WebMD reported.
Weak glute muscles can lead to back and hip pain and so it is very important to keep them strong. Walking also helps to improve heart health and burns your calories.
In our busy lives, most of us have our chest muscles in a tightened position throughout most of the day, be it driving, working in front of the computer or checking out your phone. When the chest muscles are tight, the muscles in the back are weak.
To focus on stretching your chest muscles, try this exercise. Here, your feet will be under your hips with your knees slightly bent. Hinge forward from your hips, keeping your back flat and core braced. Lift up your elbows and bring them high and wide. Stop the elbows at shoulder height before carefully lowering back down, according to WebMD.
Another effective exercise, squat is one of the basic movements performed by us often in our daily lives. Just think how many times we either stand or sit throughout the day.
To do this exercise, stand with feet hip-width or slightly wider, and toes slightly turned out. Keep your chest lifted and inhale to lower and exhale to rise. Do ensure that your knees are going towards your toes and not too far from them.
Lower your hips as low as your flexibility allows or bring your hips just above the knee level.This exercise helps you to strengthen your shoulder muscles. To perform this exercise, stand with legs shoulder-width apart and hold a pair of dumbbells down by your sides. Then bend your arms at the elbows, lift your elbows out to the sides to shoulder height. After that, lower back your arms down and repeat the same steps above.