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  • on 28.03.2011
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Top Spring Workouts for Getting in Shape

Mar28

Spring is just around the corner and soon you’ll be able to enjoy the nice sunny weather, colorful flowers and extended daylight hours, especially those who belong to a fitness gym.

Along with spring comes the fear of trying on bathing suits for your future vacation get-a-way. But, if you’re looking to get in shape before summer, you want to be sure to incorporate a mixture of exercise routines into your daily regime.

For strength training and cardiovascular endurance, there are a couple core exercises to focus on such as running, crunches, bicep curls, triceps curls and squats.

Running

A great cardio program includes both jogging and/or running. There’s no better way to enjoy spring than to get out and take a jog around your neighborhood or local park. Consider running at least 3-5 days a week for at about 20 minutes. If looking to up your ante, make sure to run 40-60 minutes. Running will also help burn extra calories.

An important tip is to burn more calories than you take in. Remember that 3,500 calories equate to 1 lb, so be sure to track your calories and burn off any extra by the end of the week.

Crunches

Let’s face it, every girl wishes to have a flat stomach during the warmer months. To make your crunches more intense, begin laying flat on your back with legs together and slightly raised at a 45 degree angle from the floor.

Slowly lift your upper body towards the ceiling with a straight back and then slowly lower. In doing so, you are contracting your muscles and more so than a normal crunch. For added crunches, consider sitting down with your legs bent 45 degrees and feet flat on the floor. Place your hands by your side on the floor and lift your feet slightly off the floor. Begin pumping your legs out straight and drawing back in.

Bicep curls

Having nice toned arms will flatter any summer stop you choose to sport. Bicep curls are pretty simple. Be sure to grab the maximum set of dumbbells you can lift and hold in your hands. Turn your wrists to face the wall in front you. Slightly bend your elbow and bring the dumbbell in by your front shoulders and then lower.

Triceps curls

Your triceps are a major muscle showing a sleek and toned arm, mainly working in coordination with your biceps. In order to perform this exercise, stand in the upright position like you would to perform a bicep curl but shift your front wrist in towards your hips like a hammer curl. Next step is to extend your arm elbow back keeping your concentration on your tricep muscle and draw back up towards the front of your shoulder, while your elbow is stationary.

Squats

Squat exercises are great for working your lower body. This exercise focuses on your buns, hips, hamstrings and quads. If just beginning, grab a chair and stand in front of the chair like you were to sit down. Before touching the seat, bring your body back up and repeat the movement.

Lorna Horne is a freelance blogger who writes helpful articles for the blogosphere about health and fitness for a women’s fitness gym in Chicago that offers Chicago zumba classes.

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