3 Cardinal Rules On Exercise

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For those who are clueless (or want to pretend that they are naïve and gullible), why is there a need to exercise? You need to exercise for a straightforward reason – exercise will improve your health and well-being. With that, it means your life can be prolonged, and you’ll be a much happier person.


Who needs to exercise and work out anyway? Well, for starters, you and I, and everyone on this planet need to be more active, even kids and the “mature” ones. But joining a gym can be expensive. Yes, that’s true. Another fact is that you don’t need a gym membership to exercise. Say what? It is your chance to get healthy, without breaking your bank account.


Rule 1 – Cardio Workout


First off, you need to increase your heart rate and quicken your metabolism. How are you going to do that from home? Well, there are many ways to perform cardio exercises. You can even do a short, ten-minute program in your office. It’s that convenient. Think about it.


All you need in a day is at least ten minutes. What kind of cardio workout can you do in ten minutes? You can do so many things – on the top of my head, and I can name at least twenty! And I’ll prove it to you – walking, jogging, dancing, aerobics, Zumba, skip rope, jumping jacks, burpees, squat jumps, kickboxing, boxing, incline treadmill, mountain climbers, biking, stationary biking, reverse lunge, bridges, planking, high knee marching, and yoga asanas! See!? There are hundreds more you can do a cardio exercise. You can even perform exercises in your living room, garden, and like I said earlier, in your office.


Next time, when on your break, instead of eating for thirty minutes, use ten minutes of that to move around. You’ll reap the benefits – not just a leaner body, but also a healthy emotional state of mind.


Rule 2 – Strength Training Exercises


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Cardio and strength training are like peas and carrots. They always go together. And so, if you are going to perform some cardio workout, don’t forget to add some strength training exercises in the mix. It is the second rule. How are you going to do that? It’s easy. Again, all you need is ten minutes.


Now, we’re not here to promote going to the gym. We’ve already established that earlier on. But to practice strength training, you’ll need dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells and workout equipment. These can be found in the gym. That’s right, and we don’t need the gym. What you need are resistance bands and a couple of dumbbells or kettlebells, in varying weights. (Actually, you can work out using your body weight, too.)


Again, you can do strength training exercises at home or in your office provided you research thoroughly on how it is done correctly – proper posture and execution. You can also start lifting weights in minimal heaviness, and increase as you go along. You will get stronger, eventually, and that’s a promise.


How to do strength training exercises, you ask? Well, you need to know that strength training means toning your arms, chest, shoulders, glutes, legs, and abs. It involves using bands or bells while performing chest press, bicep curl, tricep extension, lateral raise, leg curl, squats, and oblique swing, just to name a few.


Rule 3 – Flexibility, Balance and Mobility Movements


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Last rule, work on your flexibility, balance, and mobility, even at the comforts of your own home (or office!). Why is this important? It will keep you on your toes. Your bones and joints will be strengthened, and it will help you avoid exercise-related injuries.


So, what movements can you do to enhance these skills? Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates are some examples. Again, no need to go to a gym. There are many DVDs out there that can help you improve your flexibility, balance, and mobility.