Last year, due to the spreading of coronavirus, our plans and hopes were ruined. Moreover, during lockdown, some may have gained weight and may want to get back into shape. As the new year has already started, a keen desire of looking fit and embracing a healthy lifestyle also sparks in individuals. With the threat of Covid-19 still lingering, the importance of good health increases more. Exercising properly is the key to keeping you fit and healthy. So in this article, we will talk about the different ways to start working out and staying motivated throughout, whilst enjoying yourself.
Try different workout positions
To get the body you desire and to maintain a healthy lifestyle, workout is essential. Many workout positions help you to stay fit and lose weight. Coming up are the 5 best workout positions you may want to incorporate into your cardio routine.
As a beginner, all you have to do is stand straight on your feet. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart and your arms resting down straight beside you. Just like when you sit on a chair, bend down your knees slowly, with your hips pushed back while holding your chest up with a neutral neck. When your arms and thighs are parallel to the floor, pause for a second, then go straight up to the original position. If you are at an intermediate level then you can grab a dumbbell in your hand whilst doing squats.
2. Mountain climbers
As a beginner, you can use a sturdy chair. Just keep your palms on the chair and posture yourself in a plank position, arms lined up beneath your shoulders. When holding this form, pull your right leg upwards to the front of the chest and repeat the same move with the left leg. Now gradually increase your speed. If you are at an intermediate level then start in a tabletop position, without using a chair. Bring your right knee up towards your chest and repeat this move using your left knee. Do not let your hips move during the exercise.
3. Single leg for balance
Single leg is all to do with balancing. As a beginner, you can take the support of a wall. Lift your right leg up, the position of your thigh being parallel to the floor. With the same leg, pull it back. Keep your balance in this posture for a minute and then repeat this move using the left leg.
Push-ups are a strength gaining exercise which helps in flexibility, mobility, and lower body injury risk. Whether you’re a beginner or an intermediate, anyone can perform this move. Keep the hands broader than your shoulders. Uncoil your arms and legs then bend your body towards the floor until your chest nearly touches the floor. Pause for a while and then go back to your initial position. Do this exercise for at least 10 minutes.
5. Jumping Rope
Jumping rope is considered to be one of the most common exercises to stay fit and lose weight. Just pick up a jumping rope and keep it right behind your heels. Rotate your wrists and the rope will begin to swing over your head. Bend your knees a little and when you see rope reaching your feet, jump using your toes. If you are a beginner then it will take time for you to increase your speed.
One of the main reasons we are not able to maintain our workout routine is because we do not have a proper plan. A proper workout plan saves our precious time and helps us to stay motivated. Also, it should be noted that working out does not immediately give you the figure you desire, it takes time so it is important to keep changing your workout routine so you do not get bored.
The question then arises, how do I create a proper workout plan? Well, it is quite easy. Here are a few tips to you can follow :
Ø Set a goal according to your needs as to whether you want to lose weight, build body muscle, or just want to stay fit.
Ø Once you have decided what you want to do with your body, search for specific exercises which are related to your goals.
Ø The next step is to see what days you are wanting to workout. If you exercise for 3 days, for example, then you can split those days into different muscle groups.
Ø Do not force your body. Always make a realistic and achievable goal. Make sure you give your body a rest and avoid over working yourself as it will tire your body or you could get injured.
Ø Cheat meals once in a while are ok, never deprive yourself of the foods you love or this can cause you to binge.
Make it enjoyable
You can workout while watching TV. Fitness challenges are also available online, if that is what you prefer. A fitness trainer can also keep you motivated or even having a friend to do the workout with you is great. However, due to the pandemic, it is not possible physically but many applications allow you to invite your friend virtually and enjoy your training and workout with them.
Once you have successfully achieved your goal , half of your goal , or even little changes in your body, gift yourself. This way, you keep yourself motivated to move forward and achieve another milestone. You can gift yourself a pair of shoes, a tablet, an outfit and any other things that you like.
Food that keeps you fit
To achieve your goal, dieting is also very important. Here is a list of some of the healthy foods you can consume during your journey:
- Milk and yogurt
- Beans and lentils
- Chicken and turkey
- Beef and lamb
- Salmon and tuna
- Apple, pear, guava, etc
- Green vegetables
That’s it! Keeping all of these points in mind will help you to achieve the body you desire in no time! Remember to keep going and never give up!