Get An Amazing Workout With These Two Exercises
Walking is low impact, so it’s easy on your body. Experts recommend walking at a pace that will allow you to carry on a conversation. It’s also a great exercise you can do in your home.
Lots of people get their steps in while walking around their house. You don’t need a huge block of time either. Take three 10-minute walks a day or one longer walk. You can increase the intensity by going on a hilly walk or carrying light dumbbells and pumping your arms. Equipment is typically cheap. It’s important to wear supportive shoes.
Planks work everything from the arms and chest to the legs. We may feel the effect in our core the most, but doing planks is a whole-body workout. There are many variations, which will keep you from getting bored. You can do them during the commercials of your favorite show or a work break.
As you get stronger, try a side plank or a one-arm plank, or lift alternate legs while holding a plank. Start a group text and challenge everyone to do three planks a day.
Proper form: Place feet shoulder-width apart, making sure you’re keeping your body in a straight line. Look in a mirror to ensure your bum isn’t pointing up or sagging down. Place your elbows or palms flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart. Check that your elbows are pointing back—not out to the sides.
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This article originally appeared in Relax & Radiate Crate's mini magazine, The Girlfriend From AARP mini magazine (Volume 2, Summer 2022).