Walking is one of the most popular and recommended exercises for long-term weight loss, regardless of size or age. Take a 10-minute powerwalk on your lunch break or find a walking buddy and powerwalk after dinner. Walking on a regular basis will help you lose weight and strengthen your muscles.
Nothing combats a stressful day like kickboxing. So let your hair down and get out your day's frustrations through exercise, using this boxing technique:
Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Standing in squat position, bend your knees slightly, keep your abs contracted, and throw quick jabs and punches straight across your chest, alternating your punches. Twist your waist back and forth as you quick-jab to work your core. For a more advanced cardio workout, shuffle your feet back and forth as you throw quick-jabs. Throw quick jabs for 90 seconds, then rest for 30. Repeat four more times.
Take advantage of the warm weather and go on a quick bide ride. Bike riding is an easy exercise that will whip your legs into shape. Not comfortable with riding your bike outside? Opt for riding a stationary bike instead for 10 minutes while you watch television or read a magazine.
If your time is tight, a quick run can help you tone up. Whether you choose to run on an indoor track, treadmill or outside, running is a cardiovascular exercise that burns more calories in a shorter amount of time in comparison to most other exercises. Fitness experts recommend interval training for maximum results. Run at a high speed for 2 minutes, then powerwalk for 1 minute. Repeat until your 10 minutes are up.
Maybe you only think of jumping rope as one of your favorite childhood pastimes, but this aerobic activity is a fun and inexpensive way to burn calories. Jump at a pace that is comfortable for you. Try jumping for 5 to 10 minutes without taking a break. If this is difficult, take a 30-second break when you need to rest, then jump right back into it!