3 Basic Exercises You Shouldn't Be Ignoring

By Genevieve Cunningham

It seems as though every time you turn around, there’s a hot new workout trend with a name you can barely pronounce. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the hype. You want to be fit and healthy, but do you really have to join the new craze? You can if you want to, but it’s not necessary. Instead, take a look at these three basic exercises that can get you in great shape and that you can do for a lifetime.

Walking

Just about everyone, barring physical disability, can pick up the habit of walking. It can be tailored to fit your needs, and it will still be challenging. Beginners can walk slowly on a flat surface or around the block. If you’re more advanced, you can try a hiking trail or an incline or picking up the pace. You’ll build muscle, challenge the lungs, and improve your general mobility. Walking is a great way to get fit and stay in shape that you can do now and long into the future.

Swimming

The water adds an additional challenge to your normal workout. It works as resistance, and yet it also helps you by providing buoyancy. This buoyancy can alleviate aches and sore spots so that working out is easier. Just jump in and take a few laps. If you haven’t swam in a while, this will be incredibly difficult, so take it slowly. If you’re not a swimmer, check out your local gym or swim club to find swimming lessons for adults. You’ll get an incredible workout and gain a new skill all at the same time.

Stretching

Sounds too simple, right? Actually stretching is incredibly good for your body. It elongates the muscles and ligaments and relaxes the body in general. It can help with sore spots and achy muscles, and can also increase your flexibility and general range of motion. It won’t burn massive amounts of calories, but it will make every other exercise that you do a little bit easier. Go for something hardcore like yoga, or stick to an easy routine in your own bedroom. Just make sure you stretch every day to enhance your health and keep your body in better condition.

Working out doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive or a part of some new fad. It can be simple. Use these basic exercises to build your strength and stamina. Sticking to the basics can be a good thing, so build on your foundation and get in the best shape of your life.

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