Being fit is a lifestyle. However, working out becomes a fad for many because they can’t stick with the routine. Unfortunately, some are at a disadvantage before they even get to the gym. When they think of working out, they envision hours of sweating and aching. Some are smart about working out. They’re able to attain a beach-ready body with minimal sweating and hard work. Here’s how to sculpt and shape your body without needing to work really hard for it.
Roll It Out
You may be thinking there is little to do with a piece of foam. However, many have faith in its ability to provide a great stretch while aiding in building muscle. Firstly, myofascial massages are beneficial in relaxing the muscle. However, a deep tissue massage can be pricey, especially if you desire one often. Users position themselves on top of the foam tool and roll body parts over the upper surface. Rather than using your arms to support your weight, put pressure on the roller to get its full benefits. The roller does a lot more, such as serving as a yoga prop and push-up aid.
It seems counter-intuitive; how can your body benefit from a stationary position? Yet, staying in place while putting stress on the muscle is highly beneficial. Holding a position helps the body learn better form versus doing repetitive motions. Also, the routine is convenient; you’re using your own body weight, so there’s no need to use those at the gym or buy them to use at home. There are plenty of positions to strengthen muscles and promote flexibility.
A lot of men and women don’t go to the gym because they don’t want to use weights or particular equipment. It’s intimidating and confusing. However, yoga requires little to no equipment. Yoga requires strength, balance, and poise. It’s great for beginners because you’re only using your own body weight and only need to stretch as far as your tolerance allows. Also, you don’t have to spend hours doing it. A ten minute routine performed several times a week can do wonders. If you plan on buying a video series, it’s best to research. For instance, the bbg workout was found to be disappointing by one reviewer.
Pilates creates longer, leaner muscle. The movements are easy on the body yet yield fantastic effects. Start doing a few maneuvers and gradually attempt more advanced poses. Try holding a towel while on your back. Bend the knees to the chest and lift your head and shoulders off the mat. Keep the knees pressed together and the toes pointed. Inhale and extend the arms and legs out into a large V shape. Exhale and draw your knees back into your chest and reach the towel over the legs to the toes.
Iron Out the Abs
Unfortunately, you can’t get a super six pack by doing abdominal workouts alone. A cut form requires bodybuilding, a good diet, and cardiovascular activity. However, you can burn calories and strengthen your core by devoting five to ten minutes toward an abdominal workout. Conveniently, there is a number of ways you can target your abs. You can do traditional sit ups, get on your forearms and do a plank, or get on your back and slowly raise and lower straightened legs.
You don’t have to adopt the “no pain, no gain” slogan at the gym. Actually, there are several ways to go about getting a workout while using weights. Rather than go for broke and lift as much as your muscles can handle, use light weights, yet lift in a slow and deliberate motion. Do a high number of repetitions. The routine will not make you sweat like interval training, but you will definitely break down and sculpt the muscles.
Swimming is one of the best exercises. It’s totally low impact yet it’s an intense cardio workout. Even better, unlike running and working up a tremendous sweat, the pool water will keep you cool. Moreover, you can swim comfortably all year. Yes, you can run outside all year, but you may have to deal with cold seasons depending on where you live.
Buy a pair of rollerblades and stroll along at your own leisurely pace. It’s a fun yet effective way to tone your legs and get a cardiovascular workout. Even better, ask friends and family members to join you. Go rollerblading in the park, in your neighborhood, and at designated skateparks.
Amber Pearson is a Mom who changed her attitude to exercise after the birth of her daughter. She is now encouraging other women to get in shape and has even started an evening fitness group in her home town.