Getting Fit Made Easy!

Posted 04/19/2013 | By HealthCorps

If you use a treadmill and want to truly mimic the effort you use to walk or run outdoors, adjust the treadmill incline to level 1 to compensate for the fact that the moving belt propels you forward, making walking and running easier.

Plyometric jumps, which are basically jumps you perform from the floor upwards, landing on an elevated box, can seem daunting.  They can help you to maintain or improve bone density because of the impact when you land on top of the box, and they are also great for toning multiple leg muscles.  If the height of the traditional box is daunting, there are boxes with height ranges, from six inches to 30 inches high, so start with a lower height.  You can even practice as a beginner using a curb outside your house.

You don’t need fancy equipment to get toned arms.  To improve the triceps muscle in the back of the arm, you can do triceps dips off a chair.  Sit forward on the chair, put your feet forward with knees slightly bent, hold onto the edge of the chair with your fingers wrapped around the seat edge, and slide your bottom off so that you are supporting your body weight on your hands.  Then raise and lower your body, with elbows bending and pointed behind you (not out to the side).  Your goal is three sets of 15 repetitions.

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