Have you decided on your New Year’s resolutions yet? Would we be wrong in guessing that one of them is to exercise more? If you’re anything like us, every year you’ll make the same resolution but end up sort of accidentally forgetting about it by March.
Well, not this year!
Instead of trying and failing to stick to complicated and difficult exercise regimes, 2018 is the year we finally get sensible and choose an easy but effective routine that we’ll actually be able to stick to. Whether you want to work on toning up, cardio, or target a specific body part, here are some New Year exercise routines we just know you’ll be able to keep up.
Legs, Bums, and Tums
Ls. bs, and ts are usually cited as the areas we all want to work on most. If that’s the case for you, try this easy 10-minute workout that will target all three. Start with two sets of 20 squats followed by one set of 20 lunges per leg, two sets of 15 calf raises (lifting your heels off the floor until you’re on your tiptoes), two sets of 20 bridges (lying on the floor and raising your hips), two sets of 20 stomach crunches, one set of 20 obliques, and two sets of 20 back raises.
If it’s just your abs you’d like to work on, it’s time to get to grips with crunches and planks. A quick routine to try is 12 stomach crunches and oblique crunches followed by holding a plank then a side plank both for 10 seconds, 10 times in a row. Finish off with another 12 stomach crunches with your legs raised to work those abs even more.
Cardio is great for your general health as well as weight loss, if that’s what you’re trying to achieve. Cardio workouts are active, so make sure you have enough space then do 20 rocket jumps, 20 star jumps, 20 tap backs, and 20 burpees. If you find these exercises too tough to begin with, don’t forget to give yourself some recovery time between each one by walking or jogging on the spot for around 45 seconds or until you’re ready to carry on.
If you’re not bothered about weight loss and just want to tighten things up a bit, this 10 minute workout is great for toning the whole body. Start with 15 press ups (or half press ups, using your knees for support if that’s more comfortable) followed by 15 tricep dips, 20 shoulder presses, 20 lunges with each leg, 20 bicep curls, 20 lateral raises, 20 squats, 20 stomach crunches, and 20 back raises to finish off.