10 ways to exercise in your home without any equipment
No gym, no weights, no equipment. This is practically a situation you are in when you plan to have an indoor exercise rather than enrolling yourself to a gym, working out with some buddies or strangers.
Exercising at home is mostly preferred by someone who feels uncomfortable working out with someone else.
And take note that when you go to a gym you have to endure not only the pain in lifting weights but also the smell of someone else’s sweat. But of course, I’m not saying that going to a gym is a bad idea, not at all! Actually, it's cool to enroll yourself especially if you are need of an instructor that will guide you throughout your workout session.
Anyway, there are several exercises that you might want to try when you want to workout at home and alone without any equipment and without any help from others.
Dancing is an excellent way to burn calories and get your heart rate going while having fun. If you are in the privacy of your own home, there is no need to look like a pro or impress anyone.
2. Jumping Jacks
These are always fun, as they bring back memories of being a kid! Who hasn’t done jumping jacks for fun as a child? Well, surprise – they are also great cardio exercises, and good for warming up, too.
These are probably not one of the most favorite exercises of many people, but while they can be hard to do, you can find easier ways to do them. You can start doing them on your knees, instead of keeping your legs straight. Or, do them standing up against a wall. You will be building up arm strength and working out muscles in your chest area.
4. Leg Lifts
These are great for building up strength and muscles in your legs. If you find it hard to do the exercises with your legs straight, try bending them slightly.
These are wonderful exercises for your legs and buttocks. You can even just try these by sitting and standing up again from a regular chair if you’re finding them to be too difficult. As long as you’re able to do a few repetitions, you will be providing some benefit to your body.
6. High Knees
High knees can really get your heart pumping, especially if you go double time. To do this exercise, march in place or down a hall, and bring your knees as high as they can go.
7. The Plank
If you don’t have a lot of time, but you want to build up your core muscles, this is the exercise for you. Get into a push-up position, but instead of bending your arms and moving down towards the floor, hold the position with your arms extended. Start off holding the position for 30 seconds, and add an additional 10 seconds every day. See how long you can go for – it’s definitely not easy! This is one of the most challenging exercises, but it’s also one of the of the best for your core.
8. Bird Dog
Another one for activating your bum, as well as working on core stability. Alternate sides and hold for a second once your arm and leg are in the air. Make sure your body is straight.
The best exercise for building up and strengthening abdominal muscles. When you’re just getting started, don’t worry about getting your head all the way up. So long as you’re going up until you feel the stretching of the muscles, you will see some benefit.
Cleaning can be very physical, especially vacuuming and mopping. If you are unable to go out one day to ride your bike or go for a run, set up a house cleaning schedule and clean your house instead. You might as well kill two birds with one stone!
With or without equipment there is no way to excuse yourself out from getting fit if you really want to. Self-motivation and the urge to do some exercises is the first step to achieve your body goals.