Busy days can make it difficult to maintain healthy habits. Barbecues, ice cream sundaes, and lack of exercise become more commonplace, and before you know it, your clothes are feeling a little tight and your belly is starting to creep up over your waistband.
If so, don’t panic. A few extra pounds is not the whole world. But for those of you who don’t like those pockets, I have tips for three exercises that will turbo-charge your metabolism. The best part is that you can do them at home, I usually do them in front of the TV after my morning coffee.
When it comes to burning fat, it’s pretty simple in theory: If the exercise gets your heart rate up, you are activating the burning process.
The three exercises below get your heart rate up, which burn fat. In other words, they make your body work hard, but for a short time. Do them three times a week in a row and you will quickly notice that your body becomes both firmer and leaner.
If you want a full-body workout, these exercises will work your shoulders, abs, and legs.
1. Jumping Jacks
We start with the easiest exercise to do. Stand with legs hip width apart. Let your arms fall down on either side of your body. Then jump straight up, raising your arms above your head as if to touch the ceiling.
Repeat 20 times.
2. Mountain Climber
And just like it sounds, imagine that the ground below you is the face of a mountain. Stand on all fours with your palms shoulder-width apart underneath you. Extend your legs behind you with your toes on the ground and your knees raised. Bring your right knee diagonally toward your left elbow once. Then do the same with the opposite knee.
Repeat 30 times quickly (15 on each leg).
3. Bear Crawls
A bear crawl is a body-weight exercise that uses shoulder, quad, and abdominal strength. And trust me, it gets results.
Start on all fours, lifting your knees so they’re at 90 degrees and one inch off the ground. Keep your back flat, legs hip distance apart and arms shoulder distance apart. Move one hand and the opposite foot an equal distance forward while remaining low to the ground. switch sides, moving the opposite hand and foot. Alternate sides and repeat.
Repeat 15 times.
If you get out of breath and sore, it’s a sign that you’re doing it right and you’re getting results. Please SHARE these simple but effective exercises with others. Trust me, they will thank you.