Men and women are different in more ways than just anatomical...and there is such a thing as finding the best exercises for women that won’t leave you looking more bulky than you want to be.
Today, we wanted to share with you some of the popular types of exercise that are often recommended to women.
Men and women are different biologically and socially...so it’s important to consider exercise routines for women that will work on your schedule and will let you go at your own pace.
You’ll probably recognize all of them and can choose to try them out in a few moments from now right in the comfort of your living room if you like.
They're all guaranteed to give you a firm butt, a trim, sexy waistline, and they won't leave anything wobbling that you don't want to be wobbling. :)
<h4><p style="color: rgba(187, 52, 47, 1)">But First...Why Are There Different Exercises For Men And Women?</p></h4>
When it comes to figuring out the best exercises for women versus men, don’t just take our word for it.
Even doctors recognize that men and women are often from different planets emotionally and physically.
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Men's bodies are not biologically-equipped to incubate or give birth to children. There are different hormones that move through the body of a woman than the ones that move through the body of a man.
Those hormones affect everything from the way we feel on a monthly basis to the way we process information and, generally speaking, communicate.
They even affect the differences in the way our bodies are shaped.
Vincent Perez, a physical therapist who directs Sports Therapy at Columbia University in New York City notes from his research that men are usually after bulk and building up a lot of muscle.
They tend to exercise for the fun and the sport of it. They enjoy competing with other men and looking like they've done something incredibly hard.
Working helps build their status.
On the other hand, women tend to work out so they look better in their clothes and don't feel embarrassed when they go out in public.
Please understand that these are just generalized observations that come from an Ivy league universisty’s researcher…
But the generalizations mostly hold true.
There are exercises for women and exercises for men simply because men and women frequently have different goals when they workout.
A woman will be more likely to join a fitness program to trim down a little bit after having had children or after putting on a little bit of weight in her 20’s and 30’s.
On the other hand, a man might be more likely to join a fitness program in order to train for some kind of a sports competition or to look more muscular.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(187, 52, 47, 1)">One Thing That’s Clear Is Women Consistently Tend To Exercise Less Than Men</p></h4>
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In our reading on this topic, we noticed something really interesting about men, women, and exercise.
Men tend to get into the gym and just get it done. But it’s not quite the same for women..
See...according to Dr. Amy Eyler, who is an Assistant Professor at the St. Louis University School of Public Health...women simply don't feel like they have the time to exercise.
The older a woman gets, the more likely she is to be taking care of other people in addition to herself…
...and so she's a lot less likely to put her physical fitness as a priority even though she knows how important it is for her long-term health and wellness.
According to a 2003-15 study done by the Bureau of Labor Statistics men are consistently around 3-4% more likely than women to be exercising on any given day.
Knowing this information, we're gonna to give you some female-friendly exercises that you're gonna to love.
Here at Warrior Made, our #1 priority is helping as many people as we can to live their very best lives.
So let’s talk about the first exercise - The Situp.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(187, 52, 47, 1)">Best Exercises For Women #1 - The Sit-up</p></h4>
Now, sit-ups have been a mainstay of exercise for a long, long time. And basically, if you don't include a sit-up in your workout plan, a lot of people think you're really not doing any kind of exercise routine at all.
A sit-up is exactly what it sounds like.
You start out with your knees bent or you can keep your legs flat on the floor. And then you sit up.
Then you lie back down flat again...and then you sit up again. And you do as many repetitions of this as your exercise routine calls for.
The age-old wisdom about sit-ups is that they help you flatten your belly and strengthen your core…
... but we're so glad to let you know that Harvard University has finally agreed with what we've been saying for a long, long time.
Sit-ups can really hurt your back and your neck if they are not done properly.
And the simple truth is the average person doesn't usually have the strength to maintain perfect form in a sit-up all the way through the exercise...for all the repetitions.
Not only that...but situps can actually create back pain because they tend to overwork your hip flexors. To keep it really simple, your hip flexors connect your upper body to your lower body.
When those muscles are too strong, they can put unnecessary pressure on your lower back...and that will cause a lot of pain over time.
And if those two things weren't bad enough, sit-ups can actually make your stomach look more poofy than usual.
The reason for this is because sit ups work your lower abdominal muscles. If you happen to already be a little bloated there or have more fat on your lower abdomen then you want, doing sit ups will only build up the muscle that is under the layer of fat on your belly.
We sure you probably get the point by now... but we definitely do not recommend sit-ups as one of our best exercise routines for women.
Instead...we recommend the plank. Keep reading to learn why.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(187, 52, 47, 1)">Best Exercises For Women #2 - The Plank</p></h4>
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As a woman who is probably really tight on time, this exercise is one you're probably gonna love.
All you have to do is plank.
Now, before we demonstrate a plank, we need to take a moment and explain what makes a plank superior to a sit-up.
You don't have to take out an expensive gym membership in order to do planks. You can do them right from the comfort of your home, and it won’t require a lot of space.
Speaking of space, planks are the least likely to inconvenience your family when you're ready to do a simple exercise. All you literally have to do is get down on the floor and stay in one position for a little while!
Planks are easy to be tailored to your fitness level. If you’re not strong enough to hold your entire body off the ground except for your hands and your toes, that's perfectly fine. All you have to do is put your knees on the ground until you build up enough strength.
Planks come in all shapes and sizes. You can do them looking towards the ground. You can do them on the side. You can add a little movement to your plank to strengthen different parts of your body. And you can do a plank high from the floor or low to the ground. Is your choice!
Most importantly, planks work your entire core. Lots of people think your core muscles are just your tummy muscles, but your core goes from your back all the way down to your hips. When you do planks, you're sure to increase your core muscle strength and be able to burn fat a lot faster!
<h5>With all of that said, here's an example of the best way to do a plank.</h5>
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Now, you see how easy it is to do a plank, let’s talk about the next exercise for women - the squat.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(187, 52, 47, 1)">Best Exercises For Women #3 - The Squat</p></h4>
Including squatting in your exercise routine is something that’s really smart. The squat is much like the sit-up in that it is exactly what it sounds like - squatting.
Now, here at Warrior Made, we work with a lot of different women from all kinds of backgrounds. Some are in great shape physically, and squats are very easy for them to do.
But just in case squatting hurt your knees a great deal, and you don't have the strength to stand back up easily, here's what we recommend: Only squat as far as you can...and don't try to go too deep.
Over time, as you stretch your hamstrings, and you strengthen your knees with consistent exercise, your squats will get deeper, and you will get stronger.
<h5>Here is one version of a squat we like to call "Feet Together Squats"</h5>
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<h5>And here is what's so great about squats:</h5>
* They help to keep your legs, your thighs, and your butt muscles healthy and strong.
* Squats in sure that you are able to get up from a seated position easily. As you get older, there's nothing worse than having a super difficult time getting up from your chair. If you do just as little as 5 squats a day, you won't ever have to worry about that.
* You can most likely get rid of or drastically improve the appearance of cellulite in your butt and thighs simply by doing squats.
* Your legs, hips and knees will have a lot better circulation, and you'll probably experience less joint pain or NO joint pain whatsoever.
*And you know what?*
If all you did to increase the amount of exercise you do on a day-to-day basis was to add in planks and squats, you’d be doing really well when you compared your exercise levels to everyone else.
These two exercises alone are fat busting because they work the two largest muscle groups in your body.
Take them and put them together, and turn them into a fat busting workout routine you can do from home just about every day.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(187, 52, 47, 1)">Keep This In Mind: These Fat Busting Exercises Aren’t Only About Losing Weight Or Trimming Fat!</p></h4>
Hopefully, these exercises have been really useful for you today.
The founder of Warrior Made, Tyler Bramlett, is a husband and a father. Everyday, he sees how hard his wife works in their company and on behalf of their family.
It's really difficult for her to find time to exercise between two, young children, a husband, and a full-time business. It’s not that she can’t do it.
It’s just that her time is at a premium...
...and he knows that there are millions of women just like his wife all around the world.
You deserve to take great care of your health and your body just like you take care of the ones you love, every day!
Ultimately, the best exercises for women are going to be the ones that are considerate of both their time and energy.
Because...while the average woman in her 30s and 40s has the ability to exercise just like a man does, research has proven that most of them simply just want to look good and feel good.
They’re not always trying to be competitive. They’re trying to live healthier lives in as little time as possible.
We love helping people live their best, most-healthy life possible...and if you want even more time efficient workouts that you can easily fit into your schedule…
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