Winter is on its way out and summer’s not too far off – and if you’re looking to shed a few kilos. So, while you’re packing away your winter wardrobe, these are the five best exercises to get you started on the road to a fit and fabulous summer.
A consistent exercise routine will produce results, but try to keep it simple with exercises that give you the most “bang for your buck”. These five exercises work the major muscle groups, which will benefit your whole body. Beginners can do these
with just their bodyweight, adding weights as they start feeling fitter and stronger.
The squat primarily works the glutes, quads and core, if done correctly. Begin by standing with your feet hip distance apart and push your bottom backwards as if you’re sitting down on a chair. Keep your heels on the floor throughout the squat and
keep your back straight and belly pulled in. Go low enough that your hips are in line with your knees or just below.
Aim to do between 10–15 reps, three to five times.
To perform a perfect push-up, place your hands on the floor/surface, shoulder width apart with your fingers facing forwards. Slowly lower yourself by bending your elbows, keeping them tucked in alongside your body. Then push back up until your
arms are straight. Aim to do as many as you can with good form and try to improve on this number every time.
Lunges are a fantastic lower body exercise which can be done using just your bodyweight, or made more challenging by adding some weight. Lunging however needs to be performed without putting too much strain on the knees.
To begin, take a big step backwards, slightly to the right with your right leg into a split stance. Then slowly lower into a lunge, making sure your back knee is either touching the ground or is at a 90 degree angle. Your front leg should also be bent, but
try not to let your knee go past your toes. Use your front leg to pull yourself forward and switch legs. Do five to 10 reps with each leg, and repeat three to five times.
4. The plank
The plank is a very basic core exercise which can be challenging for beginners and advanced exercisers alike. Begin by lying on the floor on your stomach. Place your forearms on the floor; then raise yourself up so that your elbows are below your
shoulders and only your forearms and toes are in contact with the floor. Keep your core engaged and your back flat and hold for as long as you can, aiming for 30 seconds.
Skipping is a great way to elevate your heart rate and get the blood pumping, improving your cardiovascular fitness and boosting metabolism. Aim to skip for 30–90 seconds and integrate some squats, lunges, push-ups and planking between the
This is a well-rounded workout plan that targets all the major muscle groups, putting you firmly on the road to the summer body you deserve.
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