So maybe you’d like to lose weight or just get into better shape, but you don’t have the time or money for a gym membership. Fret not because there is still hope! Here are some easy at-home exercises you can do right now.
Before giant mega-gyms were invented, humans got their exercise either through their day to day activities or in the comfort of their very own homes. In fact, just a few hundred years ago, exercise was hardly an option but rather the only way to stay alive. Humankind has kept in shape for thousands of years without the aid of pre-cut weights or giant multi-purpose gym machines. Cavemen had no concept or need of a Bow Flex.
What this means for you is that you have all of the tools you need to stay healthy on you at this very moment, and this includes your arms, legs, and cardiovascular system.
At-Home Resistance Exercises
If you are looking to tone muscle or build new muscle, there are a number of great exercises you can perform using just your body weight as resistance. The simplest of these is push-ups. Depending on your arm configuration, push-ups can work your chest, back, biceps, and forearms.
They are considered a compound exercise rather than an isolation exercise, meaning they work multiple muscle groups at once. If you have trouble performing pushups, try doing them on your knees at first and work your way up to the normal configuration. Conversely, if you feel that pushups are not providing enough resistance, perform them at an incline with your feet elevated.
Invest $20 in a pull-up bar. Pull-ups are an excellent compound exercise that can work your back, biceps, shoulders, and neck all at once. You can do reverse grip pull-ups, wide grip pull-ups, narrow hand pull-ups, and close grip pull-ups. The variations are practically endless, and each one primarily targets a different group of muscles. If a single repetition is too difficult, place your feet on a chair, and work your way up to performing them without assistance.
Crunches are a fantastic way to build your abdominal muscles. Many people devote their whole lives to dieting in the hopes of achieving a “six-pack” without realizing that they have little to finally show once the fat has been burnt off. Different crunch and sit up configurations can work different abdominal muscles (believe it or not but there are, indeed, four sections of different muscles in your abs).
Cardio At-Home Exercises
If you could care less about adding muscle, then at-home cardio is perfect for you. There are thousands of different DVDs or programs you can purchase that will run you through a cardio workout in the comfort of your living room, but the simplest of all is running. With running or jogging, you control the intensity and tailor the workout to your schedule.
If you do not have a treadmill, stair climber, or stationary bike, then running outdoors is always an option. Cardio, however, does not necessarily have to be at a high or even medium intensity. Simply taking a casual, brief walk every morning will speed up your metabolism for the rest of the day and do wonders for your cardiovascular health.