Next time you hit the gym, take note of the natural segregation between men and women. The men can usually be found lifting weights, while most women do cardio for exercise. Some will argue that this stereotype is merely a stereotype. Plenty of ladies lift. And while running is great, endless cardio with no strength training leads to an imbalance in your fitness regime.
Weight training does more than sculpt your arms and calves; it’s the secret to fat loss and has the power to transform your body. By incorporating some simple exercise moves into your workout routine you can burn, tone, tighten, and build lean muscle. Here’s where to start:
1. Split squat
Keep your torso straight and bend your left leg to lower your body straight down. Make sure that your left knee doesn’t bend over your toes. If it does, move your left foot forward. As you lower down, your right knee will bend toward the floor. Before it touches, contract the glutes and quads in your left leg to stand back up. Do three sets of 12 to 15 reps per leg.
Grab a pair of dumbbells and find a bench or stable surface of a similar height. Stand a few feet in front of the bench and bring your right leg back so your toes rest on the surface of the bench while you remain standing on your left leg. Need more easy way to exercise? Check out these 5 that will impress you.
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