Workout for beginners

Here are four exercises you can easily do at home.

July 24, 2014

Are you thinking of working out but you don’t know what to begin with? If you are reluctant to head to the gym then you can always workout at home.

Here is the guide for beginners to get a perfectly toned body. Make exercise a part of your daily routine and you it shall work wonders. Here are four exercises you can easily do at home.

Bicycle crunches: This one helps you to tone your thighs and gives you unimaginable strength. Lie straight on your workout mat and put your hands behind your head. Raise your leg towards your chest so that they are perpendicular to the floor. Now lift your shoulder blade to touch the ends of your elbow with your knee. This exercise will not only do its magic on your thigh but will tone your abdomen perfectly. Since you are a beginner, it is better not to overdo it, 15 repetitions are good enough.

Elbow plank: Exercise has many unexpected benefits; it is the ultimate strength provider, reduces stress and improves self confidence. To cut down your abdominal fat, all you have to do is rest on the floor with your lower arms flat on your exercising mat with your feet at the end. Then one by one take your leg to touch your chest. This would contract your abs. You should be careful not to sink your hips down and rest firmly. As a beginner, repeat this 15 times and not more.

Twisting side planks: This is one of the most effective exercises and it cuts down the extra fat on your side waists and shapes them. It is best for cognitive skills and releases tension. All you have to do is to come on your right or left arm with your feet stacked together, put the other hand behind the ear and touch your elbow to the floor. This will deepen the connection between your spine and navel as it polishes your balancing ability and boosts brainpower. This must be done eight times on each side.

Vertical leg crunch: Lie flat on the floor with your arms by your side and then try to lift your legs till it is forming a right angle to your body and is just above your hips. Then lift your arms till the knee, don’t touch them but have them on each side so that your torso forms a ‘U’ shape. You should control your breathing here; this will lower your anxiety, as well as burn abdominal fat and tone your legs. You should do this exercise not more than 12 reps.

Compiled By Misha Rizvi

Published in The Express Tribune, July 25th, 2014.

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