Whenever I go into the gym it seems there are two kinds of people, women on treadmills and men lifting weights
I hate to group the sexes this way but it is mostly true. Men are always looking to gain huge muscle while women are looking to “tone” their bodies. Well I think it is time for a bit of a role reversal in most gyms. I myself am bad for this but cardio has become a lot more important to me lately
Women Getting Fit – How and Why?
Today, women are into staying healthy and physically fit and this is evident by the number of women we see who devote some of their time going to the gym and other fitness centers. This change is the result of the strong influence of the media.
Women see those actresses and models show off their nice flat belly and strive to have that kind of body too. And that is where the problem starts.
Women start to ask around how they can lose weight, get rid of those love handles, chubby thighs and finally have that flat belly. They start searching online to find workout plans and other loss strategies that will help them with this dilemma.
Weight Lifting Workouts and Women
Luckily, after years and years of fitness training and studies, fitness experts have come up with workout plans that will suit the needs of women specifically.
Although women are very different from men, physically and emotionally, the things that they have to consider when it comes to working out are not far from men. Men require having a proper diet while working out, so do women.
Men need a good workout plan that can provide the required results, same is required in workouts for women. The only big difference women have when it comes to working out is the intensity of the workout plans that each group follows.
I said that because while most men seem to have the interest and motivation required to do heavy training such as the popular heavy weightlifting exercises, most women just don’t have that kind of interest. I said most, not all, as there are women that are much stronger and have more internal weight lifting motivation than your average man.
Quick Workout, Just A Few Minutes Per Day
The following are some exercises to include in your workout or you can just do these alone. Before you begin though, make sure you hydrate.
Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will not only help you get toxins out of your body faster and help lose more fat but also will help you prevent bad breath by keeping your mouth moist.
This is convenient because as you work out you tend to breath hard through the mouth and if there are people around you, it could turn into a social problem for you 🙂
Lets get started.
1. The Ab Crunches.
The ab crunches are not some kind of snacks. It is in fact a form of exercise that is done by bending the knee, with your hand at the back of your head (or cross them in front of you if you prefer).
Not touching your head with your hand, so you don’t pull your head awkwardly, slowly lifting your head and shoulders up and leaning forward until your shoulder are off the ground for a few inches.
And then, slowly lowering yourself back down, but not letting your head touch the ground. Repeat the process as many times as you can but usually you can work up to 3 sets of about 30 reps.
This exercise targets your abdominal muscles, legs, and strengthens your core. Although it will strengthen your core it will not “burn fat” as that is the work of your diet and cardio exercises more than ab crunches.
2. Work the Quadriceps with Lunges.
To work your quadriceps lunges work great. Try doing these by just kind of walking in a straight line and as you get better you need a dumbbell.
This type of exercise can be performed by holding a dumbbell in the right and left hands next to the shoulder, with the arm bent.
Stepping forward with your right leg, lower your body until your right knee is bent close to 90 degrees and your left knee almost touching the ground. Then push yourself back to the starting position.
Repeat the steps from the beginning, but this time, use your left hand to hold the and your left leg to step forward. This kind of exercise benefits your hips and abs, help improve your body balance and really burns your.
A Few Things to Remember
These exercises are ideal for every workout plan for women. Fitness experts believed these to be the most essential exercises that can produce fast results in the minimum amount be done alternately by every woman to get a stronger core and to work muscles that are not usually worked hard in your day to day activities.
And the good thing about them is that they can be performed in the comfort of your home. But you should know that these great exercises won’t be effective without a proper diet. Thus your workout plan and a proper diet should always work together.