Now that it’s January, many people may be in the process of hitting some health goals as their New Year’s Resolution for 2018. This is very common, but where does one start?
You should start with the basics. It can be extremely difficult and discouraging to throw yourself into too much at once. Starting with a few beginners moves and moving up from there, you can succeed in filling your goals and have a happy, healthy new year!
What Exercises Should I Try?
Squat Jump: A squat jump can be a fun way to get moving. Start off with your legs shoulder-width apart, then squat down, and use this energy to jump. You should make sure your knees do not cross past your toes when squatting, as this can cause some knee problems if done over a long period of time.
Side Lunge: Begin by standing with your legs a few inches apart. From here, step to the side and squat down a bit. Similar to the squat jump, make sure to watch your knees!
Single-Leg Hip Raise: This exercise is a bit different. Start with your back on the ground, with your legs bent in a bit. Straighten one leg, and lift your glutes so that your hips are equal. From here, hold for a few seconds and then drop back down slowly.
Glutes Bridge: The glutes bridge can be done almost anywhere, which is why it is a great exercise. Similar to the exercise above, you start on your back with your arms comfortable next to you, while making sure that your legs are bent up with your feet planted about a foot away from the rest of your body. From here, all your do is lift your hips and hold for a few seconds.
Step Up: The step up exercise is as it sounds, just stepping up. You can do this at a gym onto a platform, or even by using the stairs more often.