Easy Exercise Routines

By Steve Silverman

Exercise does not have to be taxing to be effective. Some hard-core exercise enthusiasts got started with so-called easy exercises that allowed the individual to return to them on a daily basis. Exercise is effective when it is repeated and easy exercises can help an individual get into the exercise habit.

Walking

It's as basic as it gets, but walking can help an individual drop weight, get in shape and even add muscle. Start off by walking in your neighborhood. If you can walk 15 minutes briskly six days a week, you will start to feel better immediately and look better within three weeks.

Broom stretches

Take a broom handle and put it behind your back at shoulder level. Take three twists to your right and then three twists to your left. Do this 10 times to each side. Take a 30-second break and then do it again. Then, shift the broom handle to waist level and do the same routine with the broom handle at that point. Both of these exercises will increase flexibility.

Wall pushups

Stand about 18 inches from the wall with your feet shoulder length apart. Raise your hands to shoulder level. Bend your elbows and bring your face close to the wall. Push out and straighten your elbows all the way until you are back in your original position. Do this 15 times, take a 30-second break and repeat the set.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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