7 EXERCISES YOU SHOULD DO EVERY DAY
Regular exercise is essential for good health and well-being. It is recommended that adults engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise per week. However, incorporating daily exercises into your routine can help you reap even more health benefits. In this blog, we will discuss seven exercises that you should do every day.
Squats are a compound exercise that targets multiple muscle groups, including your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves. To perform a squat, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, keeping your back straight and your core engaged. Lower your body by bending your knees, pushing your hips back, and lowering your buttocks as if you were sitting in a chair. Keep your knees in line with your toes and your weight on your heels. Push back up to the starting position and repeat for 10-15 reps.
Push-ups are a classic exercise that targets your chest, shoulders, triceps, and core. Start in a plank position with your hands slightly wider than your shoulders. Lower your body by bending your elbows, keeping your back straight and your core engaged. Push back up to the starting position and repeat for 10-15 reps.
Lunges are a great exercise that targets your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves. Start by standing with your feet hip-width apart. Step forward with your right foot and lower your body until your right thigh is parallel to the ground. Keep your left knee off the ground and your left foot in place. Push back up to the starting position and repeat with your left leg. Complete 10-15 reps on each leg.
The plank is a great exercise for strengthening your core. Start in a push-up position with your hands shoulder-width apart and your feet hip-width apart. Lower your forearms to the ground, keeping your elbows under your shoulders. Engage your core and hold the position for 30-60 seconds.
5. Jumping jacks
Jumping jacks are a great exercise to get your heart rate up and improve cardiovascular fitness. Start by standing with your feet together and your arms by your side. Jump up and spread your legs while raising your arms above your head. Jump back to the starting position and repeat for 30-60 seconds.
6. Bicycle crunches
Bicycle crunches are a great exercise for strengthening your abs and obliques. Lie on your back with your hands behind your head and your legs lifted off the ground. Bring your right elbow to your left knee while extending your right leg. Switch sides and bring your left elbow to your right knee while extending your left leg. Complete 10-15 reps on each side.
Burpees are a full-body exercise that targets your chest, shoulders, triceps, quads, hamstrings, and core. Start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart. Squat down and place your hands on the ground. Jump your feet back into a plank position and perform a push-up. Jump your feet back to your hands and stand up, jumping into the air. Repeat for 10-15 reps.
Okay, time for a water break. Incorporating these seven exercises into your daily routine can help you improve your strength, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, and overall health. As always, consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new exercise program.
By Barry Lattimore-Quinn
Barry is our Senior Copywriter who wrangles puns and spaghetti in equal measure, so when he's not writing about food he's probably eating it. Being an Irish man he was the first to give our roast potatoes the seal of approval before they were crowned Great Taste Award Winners. Go figure.