Some people love going to the gym and this helps keep them motivated to exercise but it isn’t a necessity if you are strapped for cash. It is possible to cancel that gym membership and exercise at home and still have excellent results. The trick is to stay motivated and not to start skipping days just because it seems so convenient you can do it anytime.
The are some advantages to exercising at home:
- Convenience – You don’t have to leave the house and you can exercise anytime day or night.
- No special clothes required – While you still need to be safe, you don’t have to look like you stepped out of a catalog to work up a sweat at home.
- No fees – Unless you go hog wild purchasing equipment, you should save money.
There are disadvantages to working out at home:
- No accountability – Unless a family member or friend volunteers for the job, there is no one to hold you to showing up and getting busy each day.
- No trainer – Most of the time there is no one there to be sure you do the moves correctly or to set up a program for you.
- No socialization – If the other people keep you motivated than the at-home option might not be for you.
For this post, I will assume you prefer to exercise at home. There are plenty of great exercises you can do to stay in shape at home! If you are in good health and have no physical restrictions the recommendations below should work fine without purchasing any equipment. Be sure to consult a physician before starting any exercise program including those recommended below.
We have a post coming soon for those that would like to exercise but might not be able to do the suggestions below, stay tuned.
You can exercise from home without any special equipment, read these 5 suggestions!
Ah, the classic workout that no matter what your skill level of fitness is, you’ll most likely include these in any regime. Push-ups are a simple exercise, but can easily be done wrong.
Make sure that your body is straight and your hands are spread apart equally. When pushing down, keep your legs straight and make sure your chest is near touching the floor, or the equivalent of your nose touching the floor. Then once you are down, just push up.
2. Air Squats
Probably the best lower body workout to do with just your body, air squats come in at second. It is rather simple to do and will help build your glutes and your quads as well. This exercise is also great helping you doing chores around the house, outdoor activities, work, and more as you’ll be able to stay on your feet more.
To perform an air squat, spread your legs about shoulder-width apart or a tad further. Then, squat down with your hands in front of you, making your hands and arms form a triangle. Squat down to as far as you can go before touching the floor. The closer to the ground, the better. Once you are down, explode up like a push-up and just like that, you’ve completed an air squat.
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The plank position can work many areas of the body but primarily focuses on the core.
To perform a standard plank, simple start by lying flat on the floor with your stomach against it. Next, lift yourself up with your elbows, making them parallel to each other. Next, raise your legs alongside your arms and hold yourself as still as possible, while keeping your body straight. A mistake often made is raising your legs or bottom in the air, so make sure you are staying as flat as possible while holding yourself.
The time in which you hold a plank will have a wide range depending on your level of fitness. However, if you are just starting, I’d recommend 30-45 second intervals and work up to lengthier times.
One of the harder workouts to perform on this list, burpees are a great way to burn calories as well as keeping yourself in good shape. To perform a burpee may seem complicated but is rather simple when broken down.
Start standing up, then perform a small jump with your hands in the air. Immediately afterward, jump down to the floor in push-up position, but don’t really do one, rather, touch your chest to the floor while completely flat and jump back up. Once you’ve done this, just repeat those steps, and you’ll be performing burpees! Burpees can be a tough workout, so if you are just beginning, I’d suggest a slower pace, so you are still benefiting from good reps.
You’d be quite amazed at the benefits stretching does to your body. However, you might not realize the exercise benefits if done correctly. No, you don’t have to buy a DVD or download a paid subscription online. To get access to yoga instruction, go to a site such as YouTube and search “yoga instruction.”
Thousands of results will pop up, ranging from expert levels to for beginner’s videos. Choose whatever instructor you are comfortable with and begin your journey! Yoga is good for anyone of any age and is one of the most beneficial exercises you can do both mentally and physically!
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