An exercise routine does not have to be tedious and physically exhausting. By learning how to work muscles simultaneously, not only does the workout seem refreshing, but the balance of repetitions becomes easier as the body is strained equally. Another way to use multitasking is to incorporate exercise with daily routine acts. Turn on the tunes and put a few of these multitasking exercises to work. Once a workable routine is established, rearrange occasionally to break up any monotony.
Everyone knows that stair climbing is a great way to tone upper legs and thighs. This type of exercise has a double asset in keeping the heart and lungs in good working condition. Cardiovascular exercise will force you to get better control of breathing so those stairs will become easier and easier to use.
Drying your hair can seem like waiting on a pot of water to boil. Instead of standing and waiting on the dampness in your hair to disappear, use this time to work out your lower torso. Squats are perfect for tightening abs and increasing the oxygen level in the blood stream. While running the dryer over your hair, bend your knees and pretend that there is a chair behind you to sit in. Place the bulk of your weight against your heels and feel the tension against your thighs and butt. After reaching the imaginary sitting position, rise up slowly and repeat for about a minute.
Toning your behind does not have to take place in the privacy of your home. Get into the habit of butt squeezes while sitting in front of your computer at work. Try using a reminder for this routine, such as performing 10 squeezes right before your break, each time the phone rings, or when you reach a certain goal. It can be surprising how firm your posterior can become, even when your job involves all day sitting.
There is no longer a reason to sit idly while on the phone. Portable phones and cell phones are the perfect opportunity to walk around the room and burn those calories. A conversation can soon turn into 20 or 30 minutes of wasted exercise time when sitting and doing nothing while talking. If you find yourself sitting behind a desk or lounging in a favorite chair, break the habit. Once you get into this routine, you will find it impossible to sit when the phone rings and instead, work on getting rid of excess calories.
Grabbing a dumbbell in each hand, instead of using just one, will double the time and exercise of firming biceps or toning up muscles in your waist and thighs. There are a variety of exercises that stimulate the blood flow while working on muscles that call for the use of dumbbells in one hand. Do not be afraid to grab two weights and work out both sides at the same time. It make take some time to build up to 10 sets of repetitions with twice the pressure, but the time will be cut in half.
Double exercises, multitasking movements, and becoming aware of creative ways to tone those inactive muscles can not only lead to better health, but can make you look and feel better without much extra effort.