Lately, there has been incredibly increased attention on fitness and healthy eating, and justifiably so. Maintaining a regular fitness regimen isn’t something that is meant for people of certain size, shape or age. It should be an active part of all of our lives.
As young adults, the recommended amount of physical activity is at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week, and since you are in your fitness prime, you really don’t need an excuse for not working out. So, how fit is your fam, just enough to stay healthy or right on fleek?
This summer is the best time to pick up a fitness routine that works for you so that you will get accustomed to it before the year comes to an end. However, it’s not enough to have a fitness routine. What’s key is having one that is efficient. To help you achieve this, here is an effective fitness program that you can do at home to stay on top of your FitFam game, and it’s delivered in 5 simple routines.
Warm-up: A warm-up could be an easy walk outside or on a treadmill, or a slow pace on a stationary bike.
Cardiovascular (aerobic) Workout: For the cardiovascular portion, walk or pedal faster, do step aerobics with a video, climb the stairs in fast pace, or jump rope. Do whatever you enjoy that gets your heart rate up.
Resistance (strength-building) Exercises: This can be as simple as squats, push-ups and abdominal crunches. Alternatively, you could work with small dumbbells or weight bars. You can actually do strength work in the same workout as your aerobic work or split them up.
Flexibility Moves: Increase your flexibility with floor stretches or yoga poses. All you need is your body and a bare floor.
A Cool-down: Your cool-down should be similar to the warm-up i.e. cardiovascular work at a low level to bring the heart rate down to a resting state.
REMEMBER to start slowly and build up gradually. Don’t push yourself too hard or too fast: progression in fitness occurs over weeks and months, not days. You can increase the duration, frequency and intensity of one exercise at a time when you have mastered the current routine. In addition, be sure to warm up and cool down every time you exercise.