In our busy day-to-day schedules, we don’t always take time to properly care for us. We hustle at our jobs, we try to maintain a happy home and we do it all over again the next day. What happens with this routine is that we tend to neglect the 3 most important components that make us who we are. And, when we ignore one major component, we end up feeling exhausted, impatient and stressed out.
So to help you find balance again, you’ll be getting some exclusive tips in the next coming months on how to nurture each part of what makes you who you are – the mind; the body; and the soul.
Today, we’re going to feed the body. Let’s get rid of the sluggish feeling and shake things up a bit! Here are the top 5 workouts you can use – easy and time-efficient – to help you feel better and boost your energy level. And, remember, not every exercise you engage in has to be fast-paced and strenuous.
Full Body Stretches
Stretches that involve every joint of the body, improve mobility and is the starting point for warming up in order to start any other exercises. It also brings about equilibrium in the mood. Look for stretches that target your core and your upper and lower body – and these shouldn’t take longer than 15 minutes!
The best way to do this exercise is with a jump rope as it gives a full body workout and builds quite a bit of energy up – but let’s face it, we don’t always have a jump rope lying around. So, to substitute, you can hop up and down just about anywhere – next to your desk, standing in line at the bank, waiting for a train. Hop 30 times and finish by standing for a moment with good posture, taking four slow abdominal breaths.
A powerful way to boost your overall fitness is to introduce squatting exercises. This is one exercise that should be a part of virtually everyone’s routine, as it’s relatively simple to perform, requires no equipment, and can be done just about anywhere! Ten to fifteen repetitions of this will surely help you increase your energy quick!
Swimming is an underrated form of cardio. It is THE full body workout – without the extra pain on your joints! Do laps, tread some water or follow your own water
aerobics routine. Try swimming without stopping for 5-10 minutes and you’ll see what a difference it can make!
The push-up is actually an ideal movement for beginners, as it is known to target your chest, shoulders, triceps, core and legs. Translation: No muscle group goes untouched! But, not to worry, there are plenty of ways to modify the movement to your skill level. You’re much better off completing a few sets of modified push-ups with proper technique than struggling through regular push-ups with incorrect form.