I never have done any New Years resolutions, but after eating so much this holiday season and beginning to get sluggish, I started doing one little exercise for just a few minutes every other day. I’ve done it for 3 days now and am feeling better, so I’m taking this chance to pass along this little tip along with a little explanation to go with it.
Ask any fitness trainer and they will tell you that when trying to burn fat or lose a little or a lot of weight, weight training is the way to go. Cardio training will get you into shape and improve your heart and lung health, but will not burn fat with anywhere near the effectiveness of weight training. So, without a weight set or a gym membership, you can still do plenty of weight training with the one thing we all have on us every day and all the time, our bodies. This tip uses some of the biggest muscles and the weight of your body.
So here’s the tip: Take your body, stand with your feet hip-width apart, keeping your back straight, and bend your legs so you go down as far as you can into a squat position. Now repeat that 20 times, slowly. Remember to take it slowly and to try to notice what places you feel week or stiff. Slow down around those places, you will need to warm up. Now repeat the whole process 2 more times, so you have 3 repetitions of 20 squats. And do that every other day to give your legs time to recover. There, you’re done! Now, you will be very sore the next day, but it should only take a couple times before you feel much stronger. Remember, you will be burning fat for many hours after this exercise, so use that for motivation.
Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to comment. There’s my quick, post-holiday tip to help burn extra fat and get back into shape. Enjoy and Happy 2013!