Whether you are an elite athlete, competing in a sport on the world stage, or an individual who is trying to lose a few pounds, there is no doubt that the right work out plan is definitely the most important tool you will need to get you started, to keep you motivated and to make sure you push yourself to be “the best that you can be”.
As you are, no doubt, aware, the first step, before starting any work out plan is to consult your physician – in order to make sure that you are healthy enough to actually train. Once you have gotten the green light, it is always a good idea to discuss your goals and needs with a qualified fitness trainer. Together you can build a safe and fun work out plan that can help you lose the weight and, more importantly, keep it off.
However, there are a few “basic” fun workout exercises and tips that are certainly worth incorporating into any daily or weekly routine.
• Consider 20 minutes of exercise dedicated to the “abs” area. Working your core area is an extremely important part of getting fit. Your core muscles are responsible for your posture, but also help you with almost any activity you can think of. A strong and tight core will make any work out much easier and will also help protect your back and other parts of your body.
Abs exercises include: The Bicycle, Vertical Leg Crunches and Sit Ups. These exercises can all be done easily and without the need for any type of equipment.
• Your workout routine should be diversified so consider cross training. You can easily do this by starting your work out with 10 minutes on the bike, followed by some other cardio machine, along with weight training exercises. You can mix and match – which is a great way to make sure that you don’t get bored.
• Remember that working out does not have to be simply with props and machines. You can attend a variety of classes such as yoga or pilates. Both of these classes will help you focus on working your core muscles, but will also put great emphasis on breathing techniques, stress management and the overall importance of the mind/body connection. They are wonderful classes as stand alone or when incorporated with cardio/weight training sessions.