The Best Exercises to Do if You’re Out of Shape

The Best Exercises to Do

Hey there, couch potato! It’s time to put down the remote control, hop back into the gym and take swimsuit season by the horns! Lucky for you, we’ve compiled some seriously simple ways to get back in the swing of things. Try one or try them all, and modify these tips to get the results you want!


Add 1,000 Steps a Day

Add 1,000 Steps a Day

Walking is a great form of exercise which does not require money, special equipment, or a gym membership! When initiating a walking routine, start slowly then gradually increase speed and intensity at an appropriate pace. Add 1,000 steps more to your average daily count to get started. Believe it or not, 1,000 steps is roughly 10 minutes, but it actually makes a big difference! It is a perfect warm up for those of us who are out of shape.


Warm Up Your Muscles Before Stretching

Warm Up Your Muscles Before Stretching Them

Always warm your muscles before you start your usual stretches. Try marching in place for a few minutes prior to stretching. Focus on your posture and regular breathing during your warm-up as well. This warm-up helps increase circulation of blood to the muscles. Warm muscles are elastic and will help you move in full range of motion.


Start with Very Light Weights

Start with Very Light Weights when Start Strength Training

It’s not a good idea to overload yourself with heavy weight training, even if you can manage it. Start slow and try light weights first until your muscles get used to the workout. While those who train for maximizing strength do in fact get big, their methods may not be the most effective for minimally increasing muscle size. Cardio will help you stay in shape, but it's strength training and weights that keep the weight falling off.


Make Time for More Workouts Gradually

Make More Time for Workouts Gradually

Planning a workout is a very important aspect of an effective program that will bring you your desired results. Start with a simple workout that is completely doable for your comfort zone: that is the way to make your muscles get used to the new program.

Adjust it everyday by increasing the intensity of the old exercises, and adding new exercises to your daily work out. Committing a large chunk of time to exercise and stopping early due to lack of preparedness can be discouraging. Increase the amount of time you work out as your strength builds.


Give Swimming a Try

Give Swimming a Try

Do not forget to include swimming in your regular workout program. Swimming is a great cardiovascular exercise which can improve and increase our overall fitness, strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, enhance physique, help with weight loss  and aid in physical rehabilitation. What more do we need?! Swimming is also considered to be one of only a few physical activities that trains nearly all major muscle groups within the entire body. Plus, it's super gentle on the joints.


Maintain a Balance of Cardio and Toning

Maintain a Balance of Cardio and Toning

People who do both cardio and strength training tend to have better outcomes in terms of weight loss, fitness and even improved blood sugar levels. These two modes of exercise each do very different things. The solution to fitting in both cardio and lifting is to seek out workouts that combine both efficiently. There are many workout tutorials, fitness classes and workout options (like Crossfit or kettle bell training) that give you the best of both worlds!


Give Pilates a Go

Give Pilates a Go

Pilates is great for strengthening and toning your core, and for increasing your flexibility. However, it’s not a comprehensive strength building program. Pilates helps you to get stronger, more sculpted muscles and gain flexibility. Pilates builds a better posture and a better sense of well-being in addition. Plan on doing this pilates workout a few days a week, in addition to cardio and see your progress soar!


Walk Before You Run

Walk Before You Run

Walking before running is a great form of warming up. Start with a slow walk, gradually increasing the speed and intensity of your movement. Walking before running  helps to prevent injuries and reduce stiffness in your body. This works great for those who are out of shape: your body will easily to get used to the rhythm of your workout!