Gyms can be intimidating for some people. They can also be expensive and require time to travel to and from the closest locations. Videos can be helpful for those at home, but with family members interrupting it gets frustrating and almost impossible for finish a workout. But exercise is a must have in everyone’s daily life. So consider these basic exercises that you can do anywhere, even in your living room.
Squats may not be fun but they are easy and for the time invested they offer great results. Squat are performed by standing up straight with both feet directly beneath both knees. This is important to prevent knee injuries. Proceed to squat down like you are going to sit down on an imaginary chair. The lower you go the better the benefits. Then slowly push yourself straight up to complete the move. Performed repeatedly this exercise will tone your gluteal or butt muscles and thighs. By taxing these large muscle groups you will also achieve a better than average calorie burn for this move. These can be performed anywhere where there is enough room to stand, so your standard living can certain accommodate.
Many women will complain about the flabby part of your arm that keeps on waving after you have finished. This can be toned up by working on your tricep muscles, something that can easily be done in your living room. Start in a sitting position on chair or sofa. Put your arms down on either side of you , in preparation to support your body weight. Scoot forward until your butt is off the sofa and your arms are supporting your body weight. Scoot your feet out into front of you creating a triangle with your body and the sofa. Now slowly dip straight down as your elbows extend back beyond you. Push off of your hands and raise yourself up again. Be careful not to over extend your elbows. These exercises will quickly burn but will also quickly help tone those troubled arms.
Pushups are another tried and true exercise that offer great benefits for the arms, shoulders and chest muscles. They can be performed either from the knees as support or from a traditional position of the feet supporting the body. It is very important to keep a straight back and not allow your butt to dip too low for this can cause serious back injuries. Position your hands at a comfortable distance apart, noting that the closer together they are the more you will work your triceps. Then slowly lower yourself down and slowly push back up to gain the full benefit.
Strong ab muscles are important not just for bikinis but for posture as well. A strong core helps your body carry out almost every daily task you undertake. Basic crunches will do a lot to strengthen these muscles. Laying flat on your back, bend your knees with your feet on the floor. Slowly curl up, barely lifting your shoulders off the floor. Your body should form a C. Then slowly lower yourself back down the same way. Repeat until your muscles fatigue and you will slowly begin to notice progress.
As the last part of your workout, your should add in some cardio. Boxing routines are great for cardio. Slowly bounce back and forth and add basic punches as you feel necessary. Try to forcefully punch and contract your arm muscles as you do so. Keep moving the entire time for maximum cardio benefit. Depending on your fitness level you can start with a minute, a commercial break or the duration of a song and work your way up to a serious sweat.
Fitness doesn’t require a fancy gym, overpriced memberships or designer clothes. All it requires is some basic knowledge like is shared in this article, and a space the size of an average living room.
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