Below are apparently the 6 best exercises we should be doing each day in order to maintain flexibility and all round good health.
I don’t know about you but I don’t like the look of some of them, especially push-ups! My upper body strength has really gone to pot lately as I have been lazy and not motivated at all. However, I have been trying to get my act together and do most of the rest. Even though I don’t really want to do them, I must say that once I have completed even just a few and added a small amount of cardio, I feel so much better. I did the Couch to 5K last year and found it very beneficial but stopped running after I had completed it. I know a lot of folk love running but me, I much prefer dancing. So sometimes it is just as good to put on a banging piece of music and let yourself go. This relieves stress, releases those happy hormones (endorphins) and gets the blood pumping which is what we all need. Finish off with a good stretch or some yoga and you’re good to go.
Anyway, if you fancy any of the following here’s how you do them……
How to Do the Basic Plank
Get in the pushup position, only put your forearms on the ground instead of your hands. …
Squeeze your glutes and tighten your abdominals.
Keep a neutral neck and spine.
Create a straight, strong line from head to toes – a plank, if you will.
Hold that position.
How to Do a Push-Up
Get down on all fours, placing your hands slightly wider than your shoulders.
Straighten your arms and legs.
Lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor.
Pause, then push yourself back up.
How to Squat (Safely!)
Stand straight with your feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart, toes pointing out (45 degrees), shoulders pinched back, and chest forward. …
Inhale, push your hips out and squat down, and keep your body weight on your heels. …
Hold this pose for 2 seconds.
Exhale and get back up to the starting position.
Not just standing up straight, but ideal to centre yourself.
Stand with your feet together and your arms at your sides.
Press your big toes together (separate your heels if you need to.)
Draw down through your heels and straighten your legs.
Then, lift your ankles and the arches of your feet.
Draw the top of your thighs up and back, engaging the quadriceps.
How To Do The Glute Bridge
Lie face up on the floor, with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Keep your arms at your side with your palms down.
Lift your hips off the ground until your hips, knees and shoulders form a straight line
Hold your bridged position for a couple of seconds before easing back down.
If you don’t fancy any of the above or you are just starting out on your fitness programme, then apparently walking, so experts say, is the best exercise and I think they may have a point especially, if like me, you are not overly keen on running.
Below are a few of the main benefits of opening your door and putting one foot in front of the other, breathing fresh air, listening to some music and just enjoying the day.
Easy way to burn calories!
Help lower your blood sugar
Eases joint pain
Boosts immune function
Boost your energy
Improve your mood
Extend your life!