The following is a guest post by Marshal Gatlin
If you are getting tired of home workout routines that are not really effective, then you should really reconsider. If you have been focusing on maintaining a balanced and healthy diet so that you can achieve that lean and trim body that you always wanted, then that is definitely a great start. The saying is true, “you are what you eat.” That is the reason why starting off with a healthy lifestyle and balanced meals all throughout your days is vital to accomplishing your dream body. If you are used to eating fast foods and junk foods and just started your healthy eating lifestyle, it will be challenging probably for a month or so because you have to get into the habit of selecting foods that will provide your body with the proper nutrients, minerals, proteins and other healthy components that it really needs to build muscle and shed off unwanted weight. Once you are used to eating the right way, it is time to add in some home workout routines that will help tone and trim your body. Here is an example of a great workout schedule.
Cardio is a must!
If you are not into sweating and working out but want to lose weight and achieve that lean and trim body you aim for, then cardio exercises are a must! Cardiovascular workouts are those activities that get you working up a sweat and get your heart rate pumping faster. It works out your heart to keep it health and so that your circulation travels all throughout the body. If you are not used to doing cardio exercises then you can start off slow. Try aiming for at least 3 to 4 times a week and each session starting off with 15 minutes. Once you start noticing that the 15 minutes is getting easier for you, try increasing it to 20, 30 , 40 minutes, as long as you can tolerate the entire cardio workout.
There are several cardio exercises that you can do at home. Just because you want to exercise it does not necessary mean that you have to enroll yourself in a gym. Working out can be done in the comfort of your own home or neighborhood. Some cardio exercises you can do at home are the following: walking around the neighborhood, jogging or running, biking, swimming, jump roping, yoga and dance cardio videos and many more.
Leg workouts for leaner legs
After cardio workouts, you can focus on exercises that workout your legs. It does not have to be too difficult, choose leg workouts that you can do easily and increase the repetitions and sets whenever you feel like you can. Some leg workouts that you can do at home to help sculpt your legs are the following: lunges, squats, planks (which also work out your core muscles) and calf raises for both legs. Those are the basics that you can start with. Start by doing 10 to 15 repetitions for each and 2 to 3 sets. As many as you can tolerate at a time. The secret to achieving those sculpted legs is to be patient and to work it out throughout the week consistently.
Arm workouts for sculpted arms
Beside cardio and legs, you also have to work on your arms so that you can achieve those lean and sculpted arms. Like leg workouts, you also have to be patient with the results because it will take a couple months and consistency to get the results that you want. Some arm exercises that you can try out to trim out your arms are definitely pushups (if you can handle military pushups then go ahead, but if you cannot then try doing pushups with your knees bent), planks and tricep push ups. Like leg workouts, try at least 10 repetitions and 2 to 3 sets. You will start feeling the burn after a few especially if you are not used to working out your arms. The “burning” sensation is a good thing because that means the work is really effective and targeting the muscles in the arms that you may have not worked out in a while.
Abdominal workouts for a flat tummy
Have you noticed that you have flab around your tummy area? Many individuals have the same problem and it could be because of improper dieting, eating unhealthy foods and not working out. What you have to remember is that the cardio workout is essential to lose the flab around your troubled areas. For women, the troubled areas are usually the arms, tummy and thighs. Once you have are getting in proper cardio workouts throughout your week, you can start abdominal exercises to work out those muscles in the tummy area. The basic exercises you can try out for your tummy are crunches, side crunches, planks and abdominal leg raises. Try doing at least 15 to 20 repetitions and 2 to 3 sets if you are just beginning, then increase the repetitions and sets as tolerable throughout the week or month.
All the workout routines mentioned, even if they are basic are vital in starting to achieve your lean and trim body. Take note that doing the workouts are one thing, but another important factor is being consistent in all those routines every week. If you have work from 8AM to 5PM, you can still find time to work out. If you do not like getting up too early in the morning, then try working out at least 45 minutes or an hour every session. Try to do 3 to 4 times a week so that your metabolism can also be boosted up. An increased metabolism is important in shedding off those much needed pounds. A benefit of a faster metabolism is that you can burn more even if you are at rest. Always remember that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit.
Once you have dedicated to creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself then your body will surely reward you in time. After each workout, you should always think “I am one day closer to achieving my leaner and trimmer body!”
Marshal Gatlin is a content specialist for All Workout Routines. Through AllWorkoutRoutines.com, he provides informative articles on various topics on home workout routines and exercises.