Working out and staying in shape is not just important for your physique but also for your health. Our fast paced life brings us closer to the risks involved with bad health. Heart attacks, respiratory problems, diabetes etc are so common that we no more find them life threatening. Combating obesity doing exercises is vital to lead a healthy life.
According to WHO, more than 2 billion people in the world are obese or suffer from overweight related diseases. Obesity, the curse of our lifestyle, can be tamed if we adopt these simple exercises into our everyday routine. Basically you can try and do a mix and match of these exercises almost anywhere. Even 30 minutes, 4 days a week can show some results. So go head and give it a shot-
Walking or Running
Brisk walking or running is the easiest of all exercises. It increases your heart rate and helps in burning down the overall fat. Although it is preferred that you should walk in fresh air early morning, walking can be done anywhere, anytime and is a must for a healthy heart. Not all exercise has to include painful muscles and lots of sweat. Walking is easy to fit into your basic daily activities which make it one of the easiest solutions for staying in shape.
Squats are a part of almost every workout routine. It is one of the most basic exercises and works on several body parts at once including your core, quads, hamstrings and calves. Squats improve the pumping of body fluids, aides in removal of waste and delivery of nutrition to all tissues. Start with a warm up. Stand with your feet open in line with your shoulders.
Keep your back straight and keep your knees centered over your feet. Slowly bend your knees, hips and ankles, lowering until you reach a 90-degree angle. Return to starting position. Breathe in as you lower, breathe out as you move up. Repeat 15-20 times, for 2-3 sets for beginners.
Skipping is no longer just a part of playground activities for kids but is now becoming one of the most common and effective exercises to lose weight and stay in shape. It helps cardio-respiratory fitness, flexibility and co-ordination. It is a high impact exercise and is great for building bones and trim hips, thighs and backsides. All you need to do is grab a skipping rope, start skipping by rotating it in circular motions by your side and jumping when it hits the ground. As this is a strenuous exercise, increase your time slowly and do not over work your body.
Like walking, cycling also boosts overall health without causing much injuries or strain. It helps in increasing stamina, strength and aerobic fitness and involves working on all the major muscles. Also it is easier than other exercises and aides in building a stronger heart and increases cardiovascular fitness. Regular cycling has been credited with increased joint mobility and reduced body fat. Not just that, cycling can be imbibed in your everyday lifestyle as a mode of transport.
Dancing is one of the most free flowing exercises which does not involve a proper procedure or technique. Although most dancing routines include a warm up and then stretching but the steps can vary. As dancing involves full body motion, it aims at all the major muscle groups and is a must if you want to increase your flexibility. It also increases strength as dancers are required to force their muscles against their own bodyweight. Apart from all these, dancing and aerobics has also proven to be helpful in building endurance and boost memory.
So switch on your music player, play your favourite tune and shake your body for an instant mood lift while burning down fats.