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Our favorite workouts so far this year – UnlistedNews

We are in the middle of July, which means that summer, like 2023, is halfway there. Now is a great time to get outside and be active, whether it’s running, biking, or just splashing in the water with friends and family. It’s also a good time to develop good exercise habits that can help you through the rest of the year.

So we at Well’s desk thought this would be an excellent opportunity to highlight some of the best workouts and activities we’ve covered so far in 2023.

Over the past six months, Well has looked at the entire spectrum of fitness, from hardcore boxing and HIIT workouts to exercises meant to keep you feeling energized as you age. We’ve highlighted exercises that not only focus on maintaining fitness, but also on maintaining mobility for the long term.

Here are some of our favorite workouts of 2023.

Quick Bodyweight Routine

There is no better excuse for not exercising than “I just don’t have the time”. But researchers have repeatedly found that even spending a few minutes exercising daily can have a big impact on health, longevity, and happiness. So with that in mind, we came up with this simple 10-minute exercise you can do in your living room to make sure excuses aren’t keeping you from feeling your best.

Intense bodyweight exercises

Let’s face it, getting in shape means breaking a sweat. And if you’re short on time, you’ll have to sweat a lot. Enter the world of high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, where users jump from one strenuous exercise to the next with minimal rest.

True HIIT workouts (and there are plenty of fake ones out there) push you close to your limit, barely allowing you to catch your breath and back at it, maximizing your workout in a short amount of time. But don’t let that scare you: Beginners can start with less effort and slowly build up. So if you want an hour of exercise in 30 minutes, here’s one to try.

Boxing

Before there was CrossFit or HIIT, there was boxing, which has long been one of the best ways to get in shape fast. But you don’t have to get into a ring with someone or even hit something. Just learning how to shadowbox and fitting it into your daily training can be a rewarding and even a bit cathartic experience.

In this article, we demonstrate how to jab, cross, hook, and uppercut, as well as provide a fun 20-minute HIIT-style boxing workout.

body weight exercises

Death and taxes aside, there is one certainty in life: all of us are older today than yesterday. But aging doesn’t mean we can’t have a robust and energetic physical life, and choosing the right exercise routine is a crucial part of longevity and aging well. For example, squats are an effective way to build lower-body stability, prevent injury, and ensure you can easily get down and back up. If you’re looking for other ways to stay in shape as you age, check out these five exercises selected by fitness experts.

Yoga

One of the most important concepts for being fit and aging well is mobility, which combines strength and flexibility. And few exercises are as good for mobility as yoga. As we age our tendons tend to stiffen and yoga can help you maintain your flexibility. So if you’ve never tried it and are worried about creaky joints at any age, here’s what you need to know to get started practicing yoga.

Tai Chi

What is the most popular sport in the world? It’s an impossible question to answer, but few would deny that tai chi is at least in the running. This martial art, which focuses on smooth movement rather than dynamic impacts, is a mainstay in urban parks in China and the United States. Think of it like yoga mixed with kung fu and dance.

The best way to start is to find a teacher and start learning moves with names like “Wave hands like clouds” and “Hug the tiger, go back to the mountain.” Here, we’ve selected a few beginner moves to try.

Hiking

Hiking may not seem like a difficult sport at first glance. After all, it’s just walking on a path. But it doesn’t take much for a nice day in the great outdoors to turn into a miserable job that leaves the hills for good. For example, a classic beginner’s mistake is biting off more than you can chew by going on the wrong walk.

This article will help you find the right hike and offer other tips for planning a safe day, such as what to bring and how to avoid spraining your ankles.

pool exercises

While swimming laps is a great workout, sometimes it’s nice to mix things up a bit in the pool. Aquatic exercises are a surprisingly popular and accessible alternative to Olympic swimming that builds muscle without stressing the joints. Learn moves like yanking and churning, then try this short exercise for a new way to enjoy the pool.

Center

The term “core training” is often associated with sculpting the abdominal muscles. But, say the experts, choosing a basic exercise that makes you look good on the beach is totally wrong. The most important part of the core is a complex set of lesser-known muscles that wrap around the spine and trunk that allow you to move with confidence and avoid injury.

So skip sit-ups or crunches instead of planks, which work those crucial, hard-to-see muscles. Also, look for exercises that involve some form of twisting to target different parts of your midsection.

pelvic floor

Another often overlooked muscle group that can have a huge impact is the pelvic floor. In addition to helping with core strength, these muscles hold organs like the bladder, bowel, and uterus in place. Not only do they not get enough exercise, experts say, but many people don’t even know they exist. However, there are a number of simple exercises you can do to stabilize these muscles that can help you better enjoy everyday activities like running, jumping, and even laughing.

None of these workouts will be helpful if we never get out the door or put on the workout gear. At the end of the day, the most important fitness tip is to find a way to exercise throughout the week. That could mean finding workouts we love and can’t wait to do. But other times our stubborn brains need a little push. Here are some psychological tricks we can all use to get up and moving.

Is there a workout or sport you’ve been thinking about trying? Let us know in the comments, and we might write a future “Why Not Try” column about it.

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Sara Marcus
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Meet Sara Marcus, our newest addition to the Unlisted News team! Sara is a talented author and cultural critic, whose work has appeared in a variety of publications. Sara's writing style is characterized by its incisiveness and thought-provoking nature, and her insightful commentary on music, politics, and social justice is sure to captivate our readers. We are thrilled to have her join our team and look forward to sharing her work with our readers.
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