Exercise Your Way to Happy & Healthy
Working out in the morning is a great way to jump-start your day, get your blood flowing, and your energy boosting. I exercise at home, while my children are sleeping, with DVDs. I am dedicated because I love the way it makes me feel (energized, flexible and strong) and look. I enjoy the loosening of stiffness from sleeping, and having personal time to start out my day. Not everyone is a morning person though, so working out during your lunch break or evenings may be better for you.
Whenever you find is your ‘mojo-time’, exercise boosts fitness and weight goals; helps promote better long-term health including bone density and brain health. The endorphins (love/happy hormones) are a welcomed bonus! Some of my favorite exercises that can be done using your own body weight, dumbbells or tubes are:
- · Squats
- · Backward triceps rows
- · Biceps curls (turned out, facing forward, hammer)
- · Triceps dips
- · Straight + bent arm shoulder raises
- · Step-ups onto a bench or stairs
- · Push ups
- · Straight leg dead-lifts
- · Dumbbell lunges (front, sideways, backward)
- · Plank (regular or side-facing)
- · Wall squats (30 seconds)
Perform 8-12 of each, back to back, then rest 1-2 minutes. Repeat the circuit up to 3 times depending on your time issues and fitness levels. Exercise is essential to your long term health and weight management.