Your New Years Resolution: Get Fit!
For many of us, it seems as if fitness continuously reappears in our new years resolution list. Don’t be ashamed: I’m right there with you! Keeping up with a workout regimen all year long is difficult, especially when you’ve got so much going on with work, school, relationships, and all that other extra baggage. It’s also difficult to simply get fit and stay fit! Nevertheless, exercise is a very important component to a healthy lifestyle and mindset, and it allows you to not only have some alone time with yourself, but also sweat out any stress you may be experiencing. Now, you don’t have to go to the gym to get a workout in; your home is the perfect place for you to sweat it out! Get fit by trying these four simple, but incredibly effective at home workouts!
Is a big booty on your new years resolution list? Well, this is the exercise for you! Wall sits are so simple, but totally effective in helping you to get fit. This workout not only works on your booty, but it also works on your core. To do this workout, lean your back on a wall with your legs a few inches away from the wall. Slide your back down the wall until you are in a sitting position, with your legs at about a 90 degree angle. Try to hold this sitting position for whatever designated time that you desire. If you haven’t worked out in a while, you’ll definitely be a little shaky at first, and that is totally okay! Practice really does make perfect!
Get fit and get that booty this new year by doing this simple exercise: donkey kicks! I ran track in high school and this was one of my favorite workouts and still is. Donkey kicks are great for stretching and also helps to strengthen your butt. To perform this exercise, begin on all fours on the mat. Starting with your left leg, literally kick backwards, making sure that you are keeping your leg bent and foot flexed. Then, slowly pull your leg back into your chest and hold that position for a few seconds, and repeat. I personally like to do about 10 reps on each side for 3 sets.
If your lower back is like a 70 year old’s like mine, then you really need to add this exercise to your routine. There are a variety of ways of doing Supermans, but they all work on the same muscle: your lower back. Get fit by doing Supermans to strengthen your lower back. To perform this exercise, begin by lying on your belly on the mat with your arms and legs relaxed and extended. Then, at the same time, lifting up your left arm, also lift up your right leg. Hold this position for a few seconds and then switch extremities. You’ll feel the burn in your lower back and hopefully will grow to love it! (I have yet to do so).
If abs are on your new years resolution list, then get fit and tight abs with these windshield wipers. For me, I have a love-hate relationship with this exercise because it burns like hell, but you honestly see and feel results. To perform this exercise, begin laying on your back on the mat. Bring your legs to the center of your chest and tuck them together. Then, slowly move your legs to your right side, making sure you sustain good alignment and body control. Stay on that side for a few seconds, then slowly move to the other side. This exercise is definitely tricky at first, but once you keep doing it, you will truly feel your core getting stronger and tighter!
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