We may be “chilling” in the middle of winter, but summer is fast approaching and the need for the ultimate summer body is once again going to pop up. So why not make it a habit now and surprise everyone with your incredibly toned physique with these kettlebell exercises?
Summer bodies are made in winter
Heard this expression before? Well, it’s 100% true. Research has found that exercise habits formed during the colder months are more likely to stick. So if you are able to stay on track and avoid the temptation of hearty comfort foods and binging on junk food, then this behaviour will translate into the summer months where sundowners after work and weekend braais tend to take their toll.
Studies have also found that exercising when it is cold jumpstarts your metabolism as your body works harder to stay warm while powering through a workout. This means that you burn more calories, which is part of the ultimate end goal.
The epitome of being in shape
While toned arms and legs are an essential part of any workout, there is one area of the body which is notorious for being indicative of your fitness level – your tummy area. Nothing screams fitness freak quite like a toned set of abs. And no, we are by no means saying that you should only focus on this area. On the contrary, most exercises when performed correctly will assist in demolishing that unwanted belly fat.
Three kettlebell exercises for increased core strength and a toned stomach
Single-arm kettlebell row: Starting in a high plank position with a kettlebell placed next to your left hand. Keep your shoulder blades drawn back to prevent hunching over. Engage your core so that your body forms a straight line. Maintaining this form, take the kettlebell and lift it to your side. Slowly release. Repeat on the right side.
Kettlebell push press: Stand with feet hip-width apart and kettlebell resting on your right shoulder, extend your left arm out in a straight line in front of you for counterbalance. Bend your knees slightly and as you extend them, push the kettlebell overhead. Use the “jump” momentum to help lift the weight. Repeat on the left side.
Kettlebell swing: Start by standing with feet hip-width apart and with a kettlebell positioned in between them. Grab hold of the kettlebell with both of your hands. Slowly bend your knees and hinge your hips. Lift the kettlebell upwards and, as you straighten your body, in an explosive motion, let the kettlebell to swing out in front of your body. Remember to keep a strong core while doing so complete 10 reps.
In addition to looking aesthetically pleasing, our core muscles are also essential in bearing excess weight without straining the spine. They also assist in transferring forces between the upper and lower parts of the body. Through the process of strengthening your core, you are able to reduce the risk of back injuries and can improve your overall performance.
These underrated kettlebell exercises will do wonders for your core strength and assist you in preventing unwanted injuries.
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