A good exercise routine is what all of us need and being consistent with one can be a real challenge. Getting leaner and losing weight is just the start of the gym workout you will undertake but maintaining that weight is also a crucial aspect.
Which is where a set exercise regime comes to play. It is time to act upon that New Year resolution and hit the gym with these 15 exercises. We have divided the tips into two sections of bodyweight and mechanical weight exercises. Begin with bodyweight exercises and then slowly transition in to weight training.
Body Weight Exercises
These exercises do not require any kind of equipment other than a simple mat. The idea is to use your body weight to perform free-form exercises to develop your strength or warm up before weight training.
One of the most basic forms of exercise, squats can be easily performed without much preparation. Split your legs at waist width and go down by bending your knees as far as possible. Ensure your feet are planted on the sides while your arms are stretched out for better balance.
Everyone knows what pushups are, but very few do it right. It is one of the best upper body workouts bringing out results like a mechanical bench press. Lie on the ground with your palms down near your shoulders. Now try to push your body off the ground gaining an inclined position. Make sure your hands are tucked inwards for maximum effort.
Stand with both your feet together and arms in resting position. Now step ahead with your right foot while your left foot stays in resting position. Bend your right knee 90 degrees while the left knee bends but doesn’t touch the ground. Relax into resting position and switch legs. There are variations of this exercise to increase the intensity and effort that you can try once you’ve mastered this one.
Planks might look easy but are one of the hardest exercises to perform. It involves lying on your stomach and aligning your arms below your body. Now, push your body in the air with your arms touching the ground from elbow to palms. Hold this position for as long as you can. Time your performance and repeat after a short break.