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GeT Fit

We all want to get fit, but we want it to happen without having to work at it. Joining a gym is too expensive and altogether too time consuming. Jogging is tiring, and if you don't have company to jog with, there's no motivation. What we really want is to burn calories without really doing anything, but unfortunately most of us are not that lucky. If you don't move, you get fat. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that one out. So while we're not averse to moving about, what we'd really like to have is to be able to work out in the comfort of our homes, without spending much money and while doing something we like, like watching television. Well, you asked, we answered. Here's what you can do to keep your weight in check and to tone those muscles, from the comfort of your home, while watching television. 

Stand around four feet behind a table, self or a waist-height sofa. Rest your hands on it (hands should be shoulder-width apart) and lean forward keeping your legs straight. Don't bend your knees. Slowly bend your elbows and lean forward till your chest is almost touching the table (or shelf or sofa, if we're splitting hair). Slowly, lift yourself up. These incline push-ups help develop your triceps and forearms. 

Remember, whatever workout you are doing, do it slowly. The slower your movement, the more muscle power you build. 

Keep one of those gadgets used to strengthen your wrists handy. They can either be hand exerciser grips that look vaguely like a pair of pliers, or they could be in the form of rubber grips and balls. Keep it on the center or peg table in front of your television, on your desk in the office or in your car, if you are not doing most of the driving. All you need to do is squeeze. This will help hone your wrist muscles. 

Place the balls of your feet on your phonebook and heels on the floor. Stand up and keep lifting your heels to the level of the phonebook, and down again. Feel the burn in your calf muscles. 

Jump rope. It's easy to do, cheap, and fun. All you need to invest in is a skipping rope. It tones your leg muscles and is also a great cardiovascular workout. Hop on one foot for thirty counts, and then on the other for thirty counts. Repeat, and then use both feet. All you need is ten minutes in a day. Unlike jogging, there is no pressure to keep on skipping more and more every time! Work your way up to skipping for ten minutes, and you're set. However, if your goal is to build muscle, you need do a cardio workout just once a week, or around twenty minutes a week. Perform your cardio preferably before your muscle-building workout, on an empty stomach. You could work out later on in the day if you so desire. 

If you do go to a gym or if you do weights at home, then initially work out no more than two to four days a week, and for around an hour to an hour and a half at a time. Over-training can injure the muscles, causing less growth. You have to be patient. Most beginners make the mistake of getting over-enthusiastic as soon as they spot an improvement in their muscle tone. They immediately think that the more they work out, the quicker their muscles will grow. Not true. Your muscles could actually weaken if they are over-stressed. 

It is important that you train both your upper body and your lower body. If you aim for big arms but ignore your legs, they will soon start looking skinny in comparison, and your weak legs and strong arms will cause an imbalance in your system.

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