If you’re a fitness fanatic, you know that doing just a few workouts a day can be a great way to keep your body healthy and toned. But it can be hard to know what exercises to do and how much to do. Luckily, our experts have shared their favorite moves that are sure to get you fit.
Ideally, you’d do your exercise routine in the morning before the daily demands of life get to you. But that’s not always possible. In fact, a majority of Americans skip their daily workouts because of the many other things they have to do, says Kevin Harris, director of the Center for Integrated Health at Columbia University in New York City. That’s why Harris suggests making a contingency plan or two, such as doing your exercise in the evening or at the gym instead of at home.
One of the best ways to make sure you’re exercising is to set goals for yourself and stick to them. You can also track your progress by adding different reps, sets, and weights or by switching up the way you move and how often you exercise.
The first thing you should do is warm up for five to 10 minutes, which will increase your flexibility. This will also help prevent injury, and it will also prepare your muscles for the work you’re about to do.
Another good way to do that is by doing stretches, which will help your muscles become more flexible and less likely to tighten up. Stretching is also a great way to relax and calm yourself before your workouts.
Getting started on these stretching exercises is easy. Just start with the ones that feel easiest to you, and then add a few more over time. You can do this at the beginning of your workout, after you cool down, or during your rest period.
Aim to do about 30 seconds of each stretch, or as long as you can hold it without feeling pain. If you’re able, you can even do more stretches after your workouts to stretch out the rest of your body and improve your range of motion.
You can also do yoga, which is a great way to improve your flexibility and balance. Just be sure to find a quiet place to do it, so that you can focus on your breathing and not worry about any distractions.
Aside from these exercises, you should also do warm-ups before your workouts to get your body ready to move. These can include simple exercises such as jumping jacks and walking, or more complex movements like mountain climbers or squat jumps. And you should do these at least twice a week.
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