15 Minute Anti-Aging Workout
When you hear anti-aging, what is the first thing you think of? Skin care products! And while those are a key part in the anti-aging battle, exercise also plays a key role. Now don’t panic at the word exercise. We’re not talking about hours spent in the gym every day. With the right workout, focusing on the right muscles, a 15-minute workout may be all you need.
So why does working out help you look younger? Well, you know that a healthy heart and body increases your life expectancy. And while many may think of cardio exercises as the way to get a healthy heart, muscle building actually plays a key role as well. But how does any of this help you look younger? Well, have you noticed parts of your body becoming softer? You begin to lose muscle mass as early as 25! Which means, if you don’t have muscle to support the fat your body stores, it begins to hang off your body. And, of course, elasticity plays a part as well. The older you get, the more your skin’s elasticity decreases. Strength training exercises will help turn back the clock. You’ll build muscle mass, restore some elasticity, and reveal a healthier, younger you!
So, what exercises should you start with? You can start with these 3 moves below. They require no equipment, will put your body in proper alignment, and are just as effective at building muscles as anything you could do at the gym!
Reclining Leg CirclesLie on the floor, keeping that lower back flat into the ground, head flat, and fingers pointed forward. Slowly raise your legs up and move them in wide circles. Mix it up – take the circles out and then reverse other direction. Note: the higher you go, the easier this move will be. The lower you go, the more difficult. Using one leg at a time, rotate the leg 10 times clockwise, while keeping the hips still. Then, rotate it 10 times counterclockwise. Do the same with the opposite leg.
Front Plank Low Twist
Begin in a forearm plank position, with your shoulders over your elbows and hands clasped together. Inhale as you rotate your pelvis to the right, rolling onto the edge of your right foot. Exhale as you return to center. Roll to the left side. Repeat 4 times.
Lie face down with your hands behind the base of your skull and fingertips touching, chin tucked in, and forehead on the floor. With your legs slightly apart, bend your knees and touch the sides of your feet together. Inhale as you lift your thighs and elbows as high as possible toward the ceiling. Exhale as you slowly return back to the floor. Repeat 4 times. These are just some of the moves to help you get started. Focus on your body. Keep it healthy through exercise. And remember, when you build those muscles, you’ll melt away the years!