Every year, as of January 1, gyms across the country become more popular than Google Glass, Instagram and the Super Bowl combined. Millions of New Year's resolution-ers file in with brand new workout clothes and a smile on their hopeful faces. The popularity rush lasts about one month. It doesn't take long before workaholics start ditching the gym for the office, night owls start hitting snooze on their morning alarms and the multi-tasking moms need to find a way to attend a hockey match, PTA meeting and make dinner all at once. Last year, Daily News reported that 22 percent of Americans bailed on their resolutions less than one week after January 1. So how do you stick to your resolution to get fit in 2014? Instead of promising to log daily hours at the gym, stick to something a bit more realistic. Commit to the number one workout that will shape up your body this year: mountain climbers.
Why are mountain climbers the best exercise to tone your body in 2014? What makes mountain climbers truly spectacular is the way they work your core, arms, behind and legs while simultaneously giving you a great cardio workout. Many exercises focus on either strength training, toning or raising your heart rate, but mountain climbers involve all three.
How to do mountain climbers: Start in a yoga downward dog position, which is essentially taking a pushup position to an inverted V. Place your hands under your shoulders, flat on the ground. Stretch your back flat, pushing your chest toward your straight legs while your heels reach toward the ground. Engage your core and start the climb. Do this by raising your right knee toward your nose, arching your back slightly, before setting it back down with control. Repeat with the left leg, careful to keep your hips in alignment instead of swishing from side to side. Move as quickly as you possibly can in order to amp up your heart rate. Start by aiming to keep up this pace for 30 seconds, completing a total of five reps. As you gain stamina and strength, gradually increase that time and maybe even the amount of reps. With this simple, total-body toning exercise, it'll be easy to keep your 2014 resolution to get fit fast.