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How Simple Exercises At Home Can Keep You Fit And Toned

Aug 8, 2008
With our busy schedules and expense of a gym membership, many of us although well aware that we need to exercise, tend to give it a second thought and thus start compromising with our health.

But today, we all know that our intake of calories and fats in the food is much higher than before and so we need to burn them in order to maintain our health which is possible only through exercises. It is necessary for each one of us to do some sort of physical activity to keep ourselves fit and toned. Well, most of us are under the impression that only overweight people need to exercise which is completely wrong.

Now, the question is, if it is so important, why is it that most of us do not exercise? The main reason is, most of us are plainly lazy and postpone it till we become overweight which cannot be controlled by normal exercising session and thus we end up going for weight-loss packages paying a very high price.But to our disappointment, it does not provide a permanent solution and once you stop following their instructions after the completion of the package, you tend to put on weight again.

Moreover, daily physical activities reduces stress, helps in providing quality sleep, keeps your metabolic rate active and you are also less prone to diseases, it even reduces the risk of certain diseases. Well, this is from a personal experience, it keeps your skin glowing and adds to your freshness.

So, to prevent for such a situation to arrive which causes embarrassment among colleagues and friends, start working out some of the basic, simplest and yet effective exercises right from your home. And you can do better by following these simple routine from home that doesn't cost you a penny and is also comparatively much more convenient :

Walking, jogging or running happens to be the simplest and cheapest kind of cardiovascular workout. This can be done in the neighborhood parks, along neighborhood lanes or within the compound of one's own house if it is spacious.
- Walking briskly for 15 to 20 minutes is the best way one can initiate exercising.
- Trick is to begin slowly and then steadily increase the stride and fasten pace.

Those who have a pool at home can take up swimming, which is a fabulous exercise and workout to keep the body fit and healthy. Benefits of swimming are -
- It involves all important body muscles.
- It is a no-impact and is very effective for the recovery of injury.

Crunches for the Abs - Lie down flat on your back. Your knees should be bent and your feet placed comfortably on the floor.
- You can choose to hold clasp your hands either on your chest or behind your head. Just make sure that you do not pull on your head.
- In the simple crunch, you are instructed to just roll the upper torso upward.
- To boost effectiveness of crunch exercise, you can instead push your chest and head up towards the ceiling keeping your lower back flat onto the floor.
- Hold for few seconds at the top of the movement and squeeze hard.

Push-ups If you do no other exercise daily, push-ups can be a good workout because they get your heart pumping, strengthen key muscles in your arms, shoulders and chest, and improve posture by working on your upper core.

Thus we see that our stress levels, metabolic rate and many other essential functions are catalyzed by a small work-out session for just 15-20 minutes. So, why compromise on so many benefits which demand just a little hard work? Boost your energy levels! Get going!
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Palak Agarwal is a research analyst at Admanya.com, India's leading consumer internet portal which educates consumers by providing extensive product information and robust research. Visit
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