There are so many ways to get fit nowadays, and we’re all looking for that magic formula to give us a killer body like the ones we see plastered all over magazines and commercials. We can’t guarantee you an Olympic-worthy bod, but we can tell you that these workouts will help transform you into a lean, mean, healthy machine if you stick with them.
Squats not only build your leg muscles, but they also promote total body muscle building. When done properly, squats trigger the release of muscle growth hormones. These are essential to increase muscle mass when you work other areas of your body.
How to squat:
Stand with your feet just over shoulder width apart with your knees fixed over your feet. Keep your back in a neutral position. Bend your knees until you reach a 90-degree angle. Slowly straighten back up to your starting position. Repeat 15-20 times, for 2-3 sets for beginners.
It’s tough to imagine how a simple, stationary position such as a plank is such a killer exercise. Don’t be fooled: although you aren’t moving, it can be incredibly challenging! Planks develop your functional core strength for everyday activities, and improve your posture and stability. Combined with healthy eating and a balance of cardiovascular and resistance training, planks will shred your abs into amazing shape.
How to plank:
Get into push-up position on the floor. Bend your elbows 90 degrees so they are directly beneath your shoulders and rest your weight on your forearms. Hold the position for as long as you can. Aim to hold it for two minutes.
This exercise works every muscle in the upper body, torching your lats, shoulders, traps, and core in one motion. If you’re looking to build strength and get the most bang for your exercise buck, make pull-ups your go-to, upper-body exercise.
How to do a pull-up:
Grab the pull-up bar with an overhand grip with your hands shoulder-width apart. Cross your legs behind you. Pull your chest up toward the bar. Clear your chin over the bar at the top and hold for a moment. Slowly let yourself down. Aim for 8-10 reps.
Are you ready for a cardio workout that will really kick your butt? Kickboxing is a high-energy workout that is certain to burn major calories and fat. While the majority of people who are turning to kickboxing look for the physical workout, the self-defense aspect is a huge perk also.
How to jab and side kick:
Jab – Stand with your right foot forward. Thrust your right hip forward while extending your right fist toward the target. Twist your forearm so your fist is parallel to the floor. Snap your fist back immediately.
Side kick – Stand with your left foot forward, with your hands in fists protecting your face. Rotate your hips to the right and pivot your right foot out slightly. Lift your left knee toward your chest. Forcefully extend your left foot out toward the target. Retract the kick and immediately return to fighting stance.
Remember: the healthier you are overall, the healthier your eyes are likely to be. It seems strange, but we can’t isolate our eyes from the rest of our body; all our parts are connected and are meant to work toward health together!
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