Everybody has a beach body, no matter what size the tag reads.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused people, employed or unemployed, to halt their beach trip, even though it’s vacation time.
However, that doesn’t mean that one cannot achieve their “dream summer body” in the comforts of their homes.
With the help of at-home workouts, people could start moving again. But first, know your body’s limitations and stop doing something when it hurts.
If you prefer to workout with visual aids, YouTube workout videos and fitness apps are for you. You can search for a wide range of exercises on YouTube, may it be for the core, leg, or any part of the body. In addition, below are the apps that are free to use.
Nike Training Club – This is a workout app with nearly 200 different workouts that let you do strength, cardio, yoga, and much more without needing to go to the gym or use any equipment. The app also offers a library of advanced workout videos if you’re aspiring to become a competitive athlete or want to beat your wildest ambitions for your fitness level.
Map My Run – An app for tracking and mapping all runs, but it doesn’t stop there. Use it to log more than 600 activities like cycling, walking, gym workouts, cross training, yoga, and many others. Use the Gear Tracker to track mileage on your shoes, find nearby places to run, and connect with more than 400 devices to import and analyze all your data.
If fitness apps aren’t your thing, try these recommended basic exercises to tone and build up some muscle over time:
Plank – Lie face down on the floor then press up on your forearms and your toes. Hold for 30 seconds or more if you can, squeezing your stomach muscles to help hold it. This can be split into parts with small breaks in between. Do this once a day and gradually work your way up to a full minute if you can.
Squats – With feet hip-width apart, bend your knees to about a 90-degree angle, then back to the original position. Repeat 10 to 15 times then narrow your stance slightly and do another 10 to 15 squat repetitions. Hold a weight in each hand to add more of a challenge.
Russian Twist – Sitting on the floor, cross your ankles and bend your knees. Then lift your legs about 10 inches off the floor. Cross your hands against your chest and twist your upper body pointing your elbow towards the ground. Repeat on the other side. For an easier version, you can keep your feet planted on the floor and work up to hovering your legs. Repeat 10 to 12 times.
Lunges – Stand up tall then step forward with one leg and bend it until it reaches a 90-degree angle, dipping your other leg down so it’s parallel to the floor. Make sure your front leg does not go over your toes. Return to starting position then repeat with the opposite leg and do 10 to 15 repetitions on both sides.
Scissor kicks – Lay on the ground, face up and put your palms flat on the ground to your side. Gently lift your legs about 10 inches off the ground, keeping the rest of your body planted. Slowly start moving one leg higher than the other in a kicking motion, then bring it back and repeat on the other side. Do it for 10 to 15 repetitions. You can also cross your legs over each other to achieve a similar core muscle workout.
Nobody can stop you from achieving what you want. With the right amount of patience and perseverance, you can get that beach body!
Working out has many uses. It is not just for enhancing physical appearance, but as well as it aids in improving mental and emotional health.
Studies show that exercising can reduce stress and anxiety, help increase happiness, self-confidence and cognitive function. Moreover, it could also help you sleep better and have more energy.
So, start now. Sweat it out!
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