Hongkongers are generally busy people who consume food high in sugar and fat. Those who don’t do regular exercise can easily become obese, especially in the central part of the body.
For these people, cardio exercises and workouts that focus on specific areas like the abs are deemed quite difficult. They may want to give up easily.
Also, more and more Hongkongers work till 8 or 9 p.m., and some of them are too tired to have dinner after work, let alone have time for exercises.
But we should always try to find time for exercises. Here are some suggestions:
Depending on your personal preference, you can do cardio exercises such as running, swimming or cycling for 30 minutes every other day.
On the next day, spend around 20 to 30 minutes to do various abs exercises, such as sit-ups (hold still for 10 to 20 seconds) for the upper abdomen and straight leg raises (hold still for 10 to 20 seconds) for the lower abdomen.
It may be difficult for beginners to finish all the exercises so it is recommended that you exercise at your own pace. Also, exercises are more effective if enough time is allotted for warming up and stretching.
It is essential to develop exercises into a habit. If you miss one day due to your busy work schedule or laziness, you should still bring yourself to exercise the next day.
Exercising is like saving up. It should be consistent over time. The results of enhanced fitness will be apparent in time.
It is also important to pay attention to your breathing when doing exercises.
The process will be smoother when you breathe in and out corresponding to your movements or when your muscles contract.
Do not rush when exercising. Learn how to do the routines well and find rhythm in your breathing. This will definitely make it easier for you to achieve your goals.
This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Jan 5
Translation by John Chui
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