Exercises & Training Techniques That Can Make You Look Younger
As we age, many areas of our bodies change. Whether it is the elasticity of our skin, our inability to keep a few extra pounds off, or our overall appearance in general, our bodies do, in fact, change.
That’s okay, though. It’s okay because I have a few extra things you can do to improve yourself, and to make yourself look younger.
In this article, I’ll be telling you what exercises and what training techniques you can do to make yourself look younger. Most of these exercises and training techniques can be done at home. The others that can’t be done at home can be done locally, outdoors or indoors, you just have to pick your place.
Let’s get started with exercises and then we’ll transition into training techniques.
All of the following exercises should be performed at least once daily. If you’d like, you can incorporate a rest day once a week, but try your best to fit as many of these into your schedule as possible.
The hip flexor exercise is a spectacular exercise to get those joints in your pelvic area to start moving. Plus, this exercise allows your muscles to release some tension while also increasing your ability to be flexible.
The hip flexor goes as follows:
Lunge forward with one of your legs and drop the other legs knee to the ground slowly. If you do this correctly, your right leg will be planted on the ground at a 90 degree angle, while your left legs knee is planted on the ground and your left foot is relaxing on the ground upwards. Or vise versa. Look up visuals if you need to.
After you’re into this position, make sure your torso is nice and straight. Then, put some effort and weight onto the right foot while pressing the weight from your hips forward. Put your hands on your right knee if you have to.
After a few seconds, you’ll start to feel the stretching take place. Hold this for at least 30 seconds. Then, do the other hip.
If you need extra support, buy a yoga matt to help you out with balance and pressure.
This stretch is best when standing facing a wall. Get into the recommended position and raise one of your arms to the same height as your shoulder. Make sure it’s straight, and then slowly move it to as far behind your back as you can, as if it’s perpendicular to your body.
Seeing as you’re currently facing a wall, make sure that your forearm is pressed against the wall for the most reliable stretch. This is when you’ll rotate your torso away from the wall. You should feel the stretch right about now, hold this for approximately 30 seconds, and then repeat the other arm.
Lower Back Rotational Stretch
This stretch is going to require you to start by lying on your back. Lie with your face staring up at the ceiling, place your legs straight out, and spread your arms out to each side. Remember, if you need a picture reference, just look one up on Google.
Then, you’re going to lift your right knee up towards your chest, turn it towards the left side of your body, and straighten your leg out. Rotate your head to the right side of your body and hold it for approximately 30 seconds. Repeat on the opposite side afterwards.
King Cobra Stretch
This stretch requires you to start lying face down. You’re going to then plant your hands near your shoulders, and slide one knee up and to the side. Push your upper body upwards by digging the palms of your hands into the ground. Turn your head to one side and hold the stretch for approximately 30 seconds, and then repeat on the opposite side of the body.
Now, I’m going to give you a few training techniques to do along with your exercises and stretches. You don’t have to do these every day, but it would be best to do at least one once a day to keep up with looking young and healthy.
Banishing Man Boobs
No one likes having man boobs. And unfortunately, man boobs are simply a result of putting on an extra few pounds; Man boobs are where that extra fat tends to linger.
There’s now a solution to the man boob problem, though. All you have to do is add what’s known as tough intervals to your workouts, and you’ll be in tip top shape. Plus, tough intervals continue to burn calories for hours after you’ve stopped working out.
The proper way to really get rid of those man boobs with tough intervals is to pick a cardio exercise or activity, and do a minute of that exercise or activity, then allow yourself to recover for a minute. Keep doing this for approximately 20 minutes per day and you’ll be in the clear for man boobs.
Make sure that your first round of sprints is only about 80% effort. Then, as the rounds progress, so should your effort. It’s tough, but you can fight through the pain.
Preventing a Hunch
If you have a job that allows you to be hunched over for a few hours, whether it be at your desk or driving a car, you need to adopt mechanisms to get rid of the pesky habit.
Think about it this way, the more you hunch, the more you’re hurting yourself. Your back muscles become weaker and your chest becomes tighter. This, in turn, makes you want to hunch over even more.
Instead of allowing yourself to be lazy and hunch over, help your posture out by working out your upper back more. The stronger it is, the less it will want to go into the hunching position. It’s as simple as doing a wall slide, really. Check the diagrams out on Google if you need to.
Remember, when using training techniques, you can’t go soft. You have to give it your all, and make sure you work out every muscle in your body at least once a week.
Think about it this way, the older you get, the more muscle mass you lose. If you continue to give it your all, you’ll end up losing less muscle mass. If you’re not a huge gym guy, try using the following routine once a day:
- Bicycle crunches
Do approximately 20 of each per day and you’ll have your routine in place.
By Jenny Lyn