With the world health crisis still causing chaos, many are doing their best to stay home as much as possible. But, just because you are abiding by restrictions, it isn’t an excuse to let yourself get out of shape. It turns out that you certainly don’t need a gym to get a good workout. All that is required is a bit of space, the floor, and your own body.
Here is a workout guide that can be performed without having to leave your home.
Push-Ups and Squats
First and foremost, don’t forget to warm up. Then get ready to meet the oldest workout of all time; push-ups. We all know how to do push-ups, but do we know how to do them properly? Lower yourself so that your nose almost touches the ground, and remember to keep your back straight. Do as many as you can, take a breather, and follow with a second set. Your chest and arms will feel the burn.
Squats are also classic, and as effective as any gym equipment. Keep your arms straight ahead, slowly lower yourself down until your backside touches the back of your legs, and raise yourself up again. Simple. In this case, you are using the weight of your own body, so how many you can do will obviously depend. Simply do as many as you can, take a breather, and do a second set.
Lunges And Planking
Who could forget the classic lunges? In this case, if you have space, try walking lunges for maximum effectiveness. Otherwise, any old bit of open space will do. With hands-on-hips, take a step forward and lower your body down until your back knee touches the ground. Raise back up slowly, and repeat. Once again, two sets are the best. Be sure to have stretched well in advance, because lunges are known for their muscle pulling tendencies.
No, the plank isn’t just a silly internet trend that has passed into history. It is also a fantastic workout that will have you sweating in no time. Very simply, lie flat on your stomach, then elevate yourself on your elbows with a straight back. Hold this pose for 15 seconds, and repeat as many times as you can. If you feel like you can do more than 15 seconds, certainly do so. But remember that it isn’t about how long, it’s about how many times you can repeat the pose.
Before we head into the next set of exercises, you may want to take a little break.
Last but not least, jumping jacks. Just about everyone knows the drill; stand with legs together and hands by your sides, jump and spread your feet to a comfortable distance, while simultaneously raising your hands above your head. Repeat as many times as possible.
All done, and not a single need to head to the gym at all. Plus, you can do these exercises in or outdoors or both!