You’re busy, and when you carve out time for a workout, you need to get the most out of it. While there is a time and a place for exercises that target specific muscle groups, you should have plenty of exercises in your repertoire that work the whole body at once. This is more efficient and it will leave your whole body looking great.
Here are a few exercises to consider adding to your workout routine:
Cardio exercise is essential to your health and it is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy weight. You can’t go wrong with running—it is a staple for a reason. If however, you want to take your workout up a notch and challenge your whole body, consider spending your cardio time on the stair stepper or jumping rope. You’ll still get a serious cardiovascular workout, but you’ll work more muscles moving your body up and down instead of just forward.
If you want to tone your body, increase your strength, and look your best, you need more than just cardio—strength training should also be an important part of your workout. Focus on strength training exercises that engage your whole body, and especially your core.
Planks are one of the best exercise for strengthening your abs, your back, your arms, and your legs all at once. To do a standard plank, lie face down on the floor and then place your elbows at a 90 degree under your shoulders. Push your body up so that your feet and your arms support your weight. Keep your stomach tight and your back straight. Hold the position for 30 seconds. It is also easy to vary this exercise to make it more challenging. After you’ve mastered the normal plank, hold the position while keeping one foot or one arm off the ground. You can also do planks on each side. Keep your feet together when laying on your side and put your elbow under your shoulder. To make it more challenging, extend your free arm and your top leg while you hold the position.
Exercise is just one important part of looking and feeling your best. For more help achieving your goals, schedule a consultation with Dr. Malamet.