To maintain a healthy body, you don’t only need to eat everything healthy but also to keep an active lifestyle. We often read articles about how important it is to keep our body active by working out, but there is some workout routines that not everyone can do.
To help you and your dream to have a fit and healthy body, here’s a list of the most essential types of exercise you should be doing:
During our teen days, both our schedule and body were as flexible as a gymnast. But as we grow older and of course, wiser, our schedules became hectic and so is our body not as flexible as it should be. So to counteract our rigid, adult body, we start off by stretching early in the morning or whenever we feel like stretching those limbs.
Stretching our muscles frequently makes them flexible and longer. By doing so every day, muscle pain will also be reduced and lower risk of injury. To give you a hint of what stretching should you do every day, make sure to warm up your muscles first before actually doing the formal stretching. Warm up by marching in place or arm circles.
Now that you’ve done your warm-ups, we can move on to the proper stretching: Single Knee Rotation. This position will ask you to lay on your back with legs extended to the floor. Relax your shoulders on the floor. Next, bend your left and place your left foot on your right thigh, just above your knee. Tighten your abdominal muscles, then make hold of your left knee with your right hand and slowly pull it across your body toward the right side.
Remember that this exercise is to stretch your body and not cause you pain.
As we grow old and become busy with work and social life, we tend to forget how our body needs daily exercise to maintain good health if not fit. One of the most important exercises is aerobic, which helps accelerate heart rate and breathing. This somehow gives your heart and lungs a workout and helps increase your endurance.
Notice when you use the stairs to get to a specific store or room and you tend to stop midway to catch your breath? Well, this only implies that you really need to start your aerobics workout.
Let’s start simple and familiar to all, the Marching in Place. For the sake of those unfamiliar with this exercise, here is how you do it: First of all, make sure you stand tall with your feet together and arms at your sides. Next, like in a marching band, start to march in place. Four steps forward and another four steps backward. Make sure that as you march in place, your arms are not limply still on your sides. Bend your arm and move each arm alternately as you march.
Remember that as you do this exercise, eyes should be directed straight ahead. Also, keep your abs tight and breathe comfortably.
Some of us have a problem balancing our work and social life, if we can’t balance this part of our life at least we should learn to maintain our body balance. As we grow older, it makes it hard for us to balance. We tend to lose focus and cause our falls.
To restrain ourselves from falling or losing balance, we must focus and maintain the balance we once had as teens. To help you in that aspect, the standing knee lift is the best exercise for you to start. Begin by standing straight, feet together and hands on your hips. Then slowly start to lift your knee as high as you can (no forcing), hold that position for 5-10 seconds then slowly lower knee to your starting position. Repeat the exercise 3-5 times, alternating both legs.
Remember to do this slowly and not like your joining a race, this is to bring back the balance you already lost or slowly fading. Make the most out of this exercise.
Well, these three are just a few tips out of the many exercises you can do, for you to stay fit and healthy. Also, this is the least you can do to your stagnant body. So enjoy!