Let’s face it, fitness is important.
After a long, busy day, though, it can be difficult to find the motivation to head to the gym.
The good news, though, is that you don’t have to drop your fitness routine just because getting to and from the gym is a hassle. There are plenty of exercises that you can do from home that will help you to stay fit. No matter what your fitness goals are, you don’t need to spend every day in the gym in order to see results; there are tons of great exercises that you can do at home using nothing more than your own body weight.
Would you like to skip the gym, stay home, and sip iced coffee? Well, at least you’ll be able to do two out of three! Here’s a look at nine simple exercises that you can do from the comfort of your home, no rowing machines required!
A simple exercise, Superman is great for stretching your core. Start by lying face-down on the floor with your arms outstretched in front of you. Lift your arms and legs off the ground at the same time, almost as if your fingers and toes are being pulled to stretch you out. Super!
The humble push-up can be a tremendously beneficial exercise. Pushups are great for working out your upper body as well as your core. When doing pushups, make sure that you maintain a proper plank-like position the entire time. Keep in mind, too, that activating your core and holding the position will give you the most from this exercise. Find pushups too boring? Try switching things up with one of these ten variations.
- Side Plank / Front Plank
It might have been a viral prank not too long ago, but the health benefits of planking are no joke! While this move is best known for working your core, planks can also target more than 20 muscles; including your shoulders, back, arms, and legs. A truly versatile move! Check out 47 variations of the plank if you’re looking to mix things up a bit.
When done properly, lunges can be great for working out the lower body. They can help to correct imbalances and strengthen your body evenly. There is a wide variety of different lunges that you can do including bodyweight lunges, side lunges, and walking lunges, just to name a few. You can even amp it up if you prefer to by adding in a bicep curl with hand weights. Show off!
- Mountain Climbers
Another great total-body exercise, mountain climbers can also be done from home. This fast-paced exercise can also be adjusted based on your tolerance and energy levels. If you’re looking for a more advanced workout, then go faster! A great move if you want to brag to friends about your mountain climb! Learn how to do mountain climbers.
- Jump Squat
Because regular squats are just too easy! Instead of simply squatting and standing, squat and jump! Ready to get the party started? If you are really looking to amp things up you can perform the 180 jump squat with a twist; great for agility. Just take care that you do it properly to avoid injuries. Here’s how!
V-ups are great for the core and are a good go-to move for perfecting your abs. To do a v-up, start by doing a sit up, then raise your legs and touch your toes, creating a “v” shape when you finish.
- Reverse Crunch
The reverse crunch is good for building up your lower abs. Start by lying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Keep your arms out and your palms down on the floor to support yourself. Engage your core muscles and lift your feet off the floor, raising your hips. Hold your position briefly.
Burpees help build muscle and strengthen your heart. They get your heart rate up and body moving. Burpees are fairly easy and can be modified by adjusting your speed. Just make sure you maintain proper form while performing this move.
These exercises are perfect for those days when you’re just not feeling the gym, or for when you’re traveling. For more variety, you could add some resistance bands to your workout and easily target your biceps, triceps, chest, upper/lower back, abs/core, and legs.
Now all you have to do is get up and get moving! No more excuses now!
What’s your favorite at-home exercise? Share with us in the comments!