Being fit is no easy task. It takes determination, motivation, willpower and resilience. One of the hardest parts of living and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is taking that first step and getting started.
Once you cross that hurdle, you’ve accomplished something that most people don’t have the willpower or determination to do. And once you start, the results come. When you start seeing results, it’s almost impossible to quit.
It doesn’t take much to get started. For beginners, the most important thing is firstly making sure that your diet is in check.
Like they say, abs are built in the kitchen…so if you want to get fit you have to start with your diet. Once your diet is in order, the next step is to perfect your workout routine.
If you have been trying to live a healthier lifestyle or want to exercise more but don’t really know where or how to start, these 5 exercises are perfect for any beginner who is looking to make a positive change to their lifestyle in just four short weeks.
Keep in mind that these exercises all require perfect form to prevent injury. If you’re confused about any of the exercises or have trouble performing them, consult with a professional before going any further.
How to do it: Plank is an isometric (static) exercise where the rule is to hold your body correctly. Follow the example above: keep your back and legs straight without sagging or arching.
Results: If done correctly, the exercise works the abs, back, buttocks, legs, and arms. It also improves posture and general muscle tone.
How to do it: The initial position is a plank with straight arms. From there, lower yourself as far as you can. Make sure your back, pelvis, and legs form a straight line. Then slowly return to the initial position.
Results: Affects the chest, arms, and abdominal muscles.
Squats are one of the best exercises for increasing the strength of your lower body. This exercises is a staple exercise that improves your balance, strengthens your core, and strengthens your joints as well.
4. The Bird Dog
The Bird Dog exercise is a variation of The Plank Exercise. This exercise works the lower part of your back as well as your core muscles.
5. The Bridge
This exercise strengthens the lower back and core.
Start on all fours, with the core tight and the spine and neck neutral. Stretch the left leg to make it parallel to the floor, and lift the left arm to be parallel to the ground. Next, elevate the right arm. Hold for a few seconds. Then, switch to the opposite leg and arm.
Remember that a healthy body and great overall physique take months and even years of determination and hard work to achieve. Give yourself a head start by trying these exercises for 4 weeks and see how your strength and your body improve. Once that is done, you are ready to take the next step in your fitness journey.