Celebrity fitness trainer Joel Harper shared a few excellent at-home exercises with us during his last visit.
"I am big on using your body as a gym," said Joel. One of the easiest tips he recommends is to use the stairs in your own home. Using two steps, step up 25 times on one side, then switch. Do four sets of these to make 100 steps total. An expert insider tip: don't pound your feet! Instead, bounce your bottom foot back down softly onto the floor each time you step down, using your ankles and knees as springs.
Jumping rope is another great option. Again, be sure to stay light your feet. "Pretend you’re on a sheet of glass," said Joel, emphasizing the importance of a soft landing each time.
Another great at-home workout is Joel's Towel Run. It's a great way to get your heart rate up and blast calories," Joel told us. See the video below to learn how to do this exercise.
For more of Joel's tips for a healthier 2014, see the slideshow below:
Drink Plenty Of Water
In order to calculate how much water you should be drinking per day, divide your body weight in half, then make sure you drink that amount of water in ounces every day. Your body is 50-65% water, so it needs water to function efficiently and effectively.
Metabolize Before Bed
Always eat three hours before going to sleep to allow your body time to fully digest and absorb the nutrients of your meal.
Importance Of Protein
Always eat protein within 30 minutes of working out. Your body needs protein in order to repair and build the muscles that you just worked.
Count Out Loud
If you catch yourself holding your breath during exercise, count out load. This helps to avoid straining and moving the tension to other parts of your body.
Always eat a healthy balanced breakfast with fiber to boost your metabolism and help you avoid overeating later in the day.
Avoid Dehydration Headaches
85% of all headaches are caused by dehydration. When the body is dehydrated, your blood volume drops, leading to lower blood and oxygen flow to the brain.
Keep It Eye Level
When walking as well as exercising, always look eye level or above. It automatically improves your posture and helps you to avoid rolling your shoulders forward.
When at a buffet, make sure none of your food touches on the plate to avoid piling on too much and overeating.
An Almond-Eating Trick
Soak your raw almonds in water for one hour before eating them. This makes them much easier to digest and helps your body absorbs the enzymes better.
Abs Workout Tip
When doing ab work, put your hand on your stomach to make sure you are pulling the muscles down, not pushing them up.
Always count backwards when exercising. It gives you a feeling of accomplishment, plus you'll work out harder from the instant gratification.
Keep It Consistent
Make sure to never go two days in a row without exercising. Consistency is key with any fitness program -- look at it like brushing your teeth! Always try to get in a minimum of 15 minutes a day.
Take Care Of Injuries
Never exercise with joint or muscle pain. Always fix it first. These types of problems will not work themselves out, and you want to avoid long term damage.
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