Not everyone has the luxury of time and money to go to the gym on a regular basis. This doesn't mean you have an excuse to not keep yourself fit. There are plenty of great exercises you can do at home without having to resort to any expensive equipment and tools. In this article, we have a look at several home exercise routines you can us to keep yourself fit.
Nothing beats the good old push ups. It pretty much works out a lot of the major upper-body muscles like the pectorals, biceps, triceps and a bit of the shoulder muscles. The best way of doing push ups is to do the 100 day challenge. The goal of this challenge is to be able to do one hundred push ups in one session. I love this program because it is progressive. In just under two weeks, you will feel extremely strong (as long as you stay persistent with the routine). Don't forget that there are plenty of variations to push ups, some harder and some easier. For example, once your arms get really strong, you could try doing push ups with just one arm. If your arms are too weak to do full push ups, start from your knees and not your feet. Everyone has to start from a certain point so don't feel discouraged at first.
Crunches & sit-ups
Another classic exercise you can do at home is the crunches. Again, there are several variations to the abdominal crunch exercise. For example, you can bend your knees and slowly lift your upper body using your abdominal muscles. You don't have to lift it up fully. You just have to lift it to a forty five degree angle. Keep in mind that you can't just stick with one exercise when you work out your stomach. Your abdominal muscles are separated into different sides so you also have to do exercises that work out your top and side abdominal muscles. If you don't do so, your stomach will never look properly defined.
Look around and see if there is anything you can use in your house. For example, you can do semi pull-ups using a table as support. You just have to get under the table facing upwards and pull yourself up. Make sure your table is heavy enough to support your weight first. If you can't get dumbbells, use another medium-sized object to work your guns. For example you can use a chair to work out your biceps and triceps. There are all sorts of possibilities. You just need to get a little creative.
Exercise doesn't have to always be about lifting objects. If you haven't tried it already, get a yoga mat and start doing some yoga exercises. It's more intense than you would think! Yoga is also a great way to socialize and meet new people so if you get the chance, head over for a trial session and see if it fits your fitness and social needs.
Running & skipping
Running and skipping is always a solid choice when it comes to maintaining your fitness. The types of running you do depends on the goals you want to achieve. If you want explosive leg strength then you will want to do short bursts of running. If you are looking to just maintain your cardiovascular fitness, go for a nice jog around your town. Anyhow, we hope you found it useful. Don't think about it. Start taking action now! By the way, click here to learn more about maintaining other parts of your body such as your teeth and face (get rid of pimples once and for all).