Most of us, especially those with desk jobs, spend far too many hours sitting on our butts and not enough time moving our bodies. That’s why it’s important to try new ways of getting fit, whether it’s working out at home or trying the latest fad fitness class in your area. Here are some tried-and-true methods of achieving total body fitness that you need to give a try.
1) Get a gym buddy
A gym buddy will not only help you feel less intimidated, but they can also offer advice on what exercise machines you should try and which ones you should avoid. Plus, having a workout partner will help keep you accountable for your goals. Finding the right person can be tough, so ask friends and family if they have any fitness-loving friends that might be interested. If all else fails, try posting on social media or asking at the gym if anyone would want to work out with you!
2) Do more full body exercises
1) The plank is a full body strength workout that will strengthen and tone your core. All you need to do is lean on your forearms and keep your back straight.
2) A squat thrust with a push up will work out all of the major muscles in your upper body. Make sure you are in a full squat before performing the push up.
3) To work out your lower body, try wall squats. Stand about an arm’s length from the wall and walk backwards until you are at an angle that feels comfortable for you. Hold this position for as long as possible then return back to standing.
4) Deadlifts are another great exercise for strengthening the whole body including the back, glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, calves and abdominals.
3) Pair up with different workout buddies
1. Find a workout buddy. Just like with any other activity, working out with a friend can be fun and make you want to work out even more. Plus, if you’re new to exercise or uncomfortable with the idea of going it alone, a buddy is your safety net.
2. Start small and work your way up. The just do 10 minutes approach works for many people because it’s easy to build on those 10 minutes as you get more comfortable with the idea of working out over time.
4) Set Goals
1. Start with a full body strength workout. The goal is to build muscle, burn fat, and increase your metabolism, so it’s important that you start with a full body strength workout. Your entire body will be engaged in this type of exercise, which will make your muscles work harder and burn more calories than if you were working out on one part of the body at a time. Plus, it’s easier on your joints because you are reducing the strain that can come from repetitive movements like weightlifting or running.
2. Incorporate interval training into your routine. Interval training is an excellent way to increase the intensity of your workouts while still giving yourself enough time to recover from each bout of intense exercise before starting again.
5) Push yourself to limits beyond your comfort zone
If you’re looking for an intense workout that will kick your butt, this is it. It’s not for the faint of heart and you will be sore for a few days afterward, but if you have the guts to give it a try, I promise you won’t regret it. The workout is designed to get you stronger, leaner and more toned in just one hour. So what are you waiting for? Get your butt in gear!