Many exercises you've heard about your entire life, like crunches, only target one section of your body. This requires much more work, and time, to actually workout and build muscles in your whole body. Each of these five exercises workout and strengthen your entire body.
Most people think squats just give you a better butt. This is true. But what you haven't heard is they actually work your entire body, from your calves to your abs. Building muscle also helps you burn calories faster. Who doesn't want that? Here's how to squat. Stand with your feet a little wider than shoulder-length apart. Now sit back with your knees over your ankles and your butt almost to the ground. Now slowly stand back up. You've done your first squat. You can also do this holding a bar so you can workout your arms at the same time!
Planks look simple, but they are one of the best exercises to strengthen every part of your body. They strengthen your glutes, core, arms, and shoulders. This builds muscle everywhere in your body, thus burning many more calories than some cardio on an elliptical. Here's how to plank your way to a great body. Get into a pushup position on the floor, resting your weight on your forearms. Your elbows should be right beneath your shoulders. Now hold this position for as long as you can. Most people can only hold this for about 30 seconds their first time. Try to add 15 seconds to how long you hold your planks each time you workout. Try and eventually make it to 5 minutes and you will have a rocking hard body!
While you're in the plank position, you might as well do some pushups! They will work your abdominals, shoulders, arms, and engage most other muscles in your body, as well. While holding your legs and core in the exact same position, bring your hands up to the ground, slightly more than shoulder-width apart. Clench your butt and tighten your abs. Now you're ready to go down for your first push up. The further down you go, the harder it will be. Do as many of these as you can to work every bit of your body.
4. Wall Sits
This exercise really strengthens the thighs by working your quadriceps, hamstrings, and adductors, but they also really tighten up your abs and your butt if you make sure to hold them tight during this exercise. Simply pretend you're sitting in a chair, but do this against a wall, with your legs at a 90 degree angle, knees right above your feet. Hold this position for as long as you can. A good goal at first is to hold this for one minute and work your way to five minutes by extending the length by 30 seconds each time.
5. Vertical Leg Lifts
This exercise not only is great for your legs but also for your abs and your glutes. Lie flat on the floor and lift your legs straight above your hips, pointed straight at the ceiling. Slowly lower your legs to right above the floor, then lift back up. The slower you do this the better. The more of these you do, the more you will feel the burn in every section of your body.
And there you have it; five great exercises to workout your entire body, while burning way more calories than your average cardio!
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