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A Harvard doctor just revealed the best workouts for you. So, get your bum to the gym please

You are officially out of excuses now...

Kaushani Banerjee 17 October 2017, 2:48 PM
We just gave you the perfect workouts. You're welcome

We just gave you the perfect workouts. You're welcome Image: Twitter

We know you bunk gym and blame your trainer. But you can't do that anymore because a Harvard doctor just made a list of the perfect workout routines for your body. So, now you can pick what you like, and get going (to the gym).

In a Harvard Medical School health report called Starting to Exercise, Dr I-Min Lee says running is not the best exercise (it has long term effect on knees and digestive system) and lists the five alternative exercises, which gives you more options. So, enough with the excuses already!


"You might call swimming the perfect workout", Min-Lee was quoted saying by Daily Mail.  A lap around the pool works on every muscle in our body, while getting your heart rates up. Of course, all that splashing also helps the fun.


Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a popular Chinese marital art form, which you can find in all of Keanu Reeves movies. In fact, as long as we are considering martial arts, one can even think about Indian martial art forms such like Kalaripayattu. Tai Chi essentially combines deep breathing, relaxation and body movements and helps with agility and posture.

I-Min Lee was quoted in the study as saying, "Tai chi is particularly good for older people because balance is an important component of fitness, and it is something we lose as we get older."


Strength training

An important part of working out is gaining strength and strength training should be your main focus. It comprises of lifting weights, using resistance bands, heavy gardening, climbing stairs, hill walks, Pilates and yoga, cycling and body resistance exercises, such as squats, sit-ups, etc. While this requires stamina and may seem difficult at first, it actually helps in weight loss and building up your core strength.



Anyone who wants to start working out is recommended to start with brisk walking. It has some major health benefits as it is a great form of exercise, and works the lower body muscles, gets your heart rate up and can be a stress-buster. It also helps with joint pains and is low impact, making it perfect for those who are new to exercising.



Kegel exercises are less popular but should be adapted into everyone's lifestyle. Both men and women have been encouraged by I-Min Lee to practice squeezing pelvic muscles that are used to control urine or gas. The ideal way to do it is hold the muscle for 2-3 seconds and release. Ten reps of Kegels streched over 4-5 times per day has been recommended by the Harvard doctor.



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