Getting fit and healthy is possible. It’s just a matter of eating right and challenging your muscles to rev up your metabolism. When your metabolism is running smoothly, you will find that your body won’t be storing too much fat and that your weight will be at the right number. Although doing bodyweight exercises are all well and good, it would be a good idea to introduce weights in your training. The added weight will help make your muscles work doubly hard so that your metabolism will start running faster. Sounds good? Here are some weight training exercises that you should include in your daily workout.
Hold a dumbbell in both hands at chest height. You should stand straight with your feet apart. Use your core as you push your hips back while bending your knees to lower yourself into a squat. Keep holding on to the weight. Hold for a few seconds before pushing yourself back up. You will need to do 15 reps for this exercise.
Hold a barrel with an overhand grip and keep it at shoulder height. Your elbows should remain high and that your upper arms remain parallel to the floor. Bend your knees slightly then drop down while keeping your torso in an upright position. Make sure that you are not leaning forward in this workout. Extend your knees and hips explosively while extending the barbell overhead while you stand tall. Bring down the weight back to your shoulders slowly and repeat. You will need to do 10 reps.
Bridge with Chest Press
Another weight training that will be good for your core is the bridge with chest press. Lie down on the floor with a dumbbell in each hand and at chest height. Your knees should be bent and your feet flat on the floor. Tighten your core as you raise your hips off the floor until you form a straight line from your knees to your shoulders. Now press the weights toward the ceiling, hold for a few seconds, then lower your arms. Do 15 reps for this exercise.
Clean and Press
For this exercise, you should stand straight with your feet at shoulder width apart. With your lower back arched, push your hips back to lower your torso and to grasp the bar with your hands at shoulder width apart. Now extend your hips to raise the bar off the floor and once it goes past the knees, shrug the bar so that the momentum will help you raise it to your shoulders. Press the barbell overhead while keeping your core engaged. Reverse the movement to lower the weight back down.
These are just a few examples of weight training exercises that you can do that will help speed up your metabolism that will work wonders on your weight loss goals and muscle toning and firming needs. You can increase the number of reps as your body gets used to the workouts.