Seven Very Effective Exercises
Here it is! The miracle cure we’ve all been searching for.
This miracle cure and preventative can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and furthermore it can lower your risk of premature death by up to 30%. In addition it’s free, easy to take, has an immediate effect and you don’t need a Doctor to give you a prescription. What is it?? Exercise!
Here are seven exercises that can really deliver results. However if you are new to exercise, are over 40 or have an existing medical condition, check with your Doctor before starting any new exercise programme.
“No. 1: Walking
Why it’s a winner: you can walk anywhere, anytime, either on a treadmill or with no equipment other than a good pair of shoes.
How to: beginners should start by walking five to 10 minutes at a time, gradually moving up to at least 30 minutes per session. As you progress, lengthen the time of your walks before increasing your speed or incline.
No. 2: Interval training
Why it’s a winner: adding interval training to your cardio workout can boost fitness, burn more calories and help you lose weight. The basic idea: vary the intensity of your aerobic workout to challenge your body instead of loafing in your comfort zone.
How to: push up the pace for a minute or two, then back off for two to 10 minutes, depending on the length of your workout and how much time you need to recover. Do this throughout the workout.
No. 3: Squats
Why it’s a winner: squats work multiple muscle groups – the quadriceps, hamstrings and gluteals – at the same time.
How to: keep your feet shoulder-width apart and your back straight. Bend your knees and lower your rear as if you were sitting down in a chair, keeping your knees over your ankles.
No. 4: Lunges
Why it’s a winner: like squats, lunges work all the major muscles of the lower body. Lunges also help improve your balance.
How to do it: take a big step forward, keeping your spine straight. Bend your front knee to approximately 90 degrees. Keep weight on your back toes and drop the back knee toward the floor – but don’t let it touch the floor.
No. 5: Press ups (or push-ups)
Why it’s a winner: push-ups strengthen the chest, shoulders, triceps and core muscles.
How to: face-down, place hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Place toes or knees on the floor, creating a smooth line with your body, from shoulders to knees or feet. Keeping the gluteal muscles and abdominals engaged, lower and lift your body by bending and straightening your elbows, keeping your torso stable throughout the move.
No. 6: Abdominal crunches – method A
Begin by lying on your back with feet flat on the floor and palms supporting your head. Press your lower back down. Contract abdominals and raise first your head (tucking your chin in slightly), then your neck, shoulders and upper back off the floor.
Abdominal crunches — method B
Do crunches with your feet off the floor and knees bent. This technique may help you avoid arching your back; it also engages your hip flexors.
No. 7: Bent-over row
Why it’s a winner: the bent-over row works all the major muscles of the upper back, as well as the biceps.
How to: stand with feet shoulder-width apart, bend knees and flex forward at the hips, then engage the abdominals and extend spine to add support. Hold weights beneath the shoulders with hands shoulder-width apart. Flex elbows and lift both hands toward the sides of body. Pause, then slowly lower hands to the starting position.”
Neglect of exercise and the over indulgent lives we now lead has meant that our health is now suffering as a consequence and heart disease, diabetes and cancer are just of the few diseases that are proliferating. No matter what your age is, there’s very strong evidence that being physically active can help you lead a happier and healthier life.