Most people dread getting down on all fours and pushing their body weight up and down. However, there are few better exercises for the upper body than push-ups. You can do them just about anywhere and they won't put your shoulders in jeopardy like some other weight-bearing exercises. Push-ups require a controlled movement of your body weight up and down. Keep your elbows toward the inside of your body. Maintain a straight torso, neck, head and hips.
Jumping jacks will help you burn away that fat and increase your flexibility. Don't make jumping jacks the core of your workout. Jumping jacks should be used as a means of warming up. They will get your heart going and set the stage for an intense fat-burning workout.
Jumping rope is easy, quick and cheap. Like jumping jacks, jumping rope is an excellent means of warming up for a workout. If you find that you become a bit bored while jumping rope, ramp up your speed, put on some music or adopt a new technique. Give it your all and you will melt away plenty of fat and calories.
Burpees burn away the calories, build strength and work the entire body. Focus on your form and you won't find burpees to be as difficult as they initially seem. Begin in a squat position. When you reach the bottom of your squat, move your hands outward in front of your body toward the floor. Move your feet back as you would for a push-up, then move them right back to the squat position as quickly as you can. Return to the starting position and repeat.
Fitness experts swear by squats as they work an array of different muscles and burn away a ton of calories. We've all squatted as infants when learning to walk. All it takes is a planting of the heels, a lowering of the body and a pushing back of the hips. Bend at the knees so your thighs are parallel with the ground.
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