By Corey Lewis, CPT, CSCS
Can’t go to the gym? Not to worry; you can exercise at home to stay fit and healthy. Exercising doesn’t have to be as complex as you might imagine, and you can even save the cost of a gym membership. It can be fun, stress-free, and as flexible as you desire.
Since most gym centers are temporarily closed due to COVID-19, the best way to stay fit is to exercise at home. This doesn’t have to involve equipment, as there are various exercises that can be done in the comfort of your home with just your bodyweight and common household items. Below are some of these exercises:
Push-ups are simple yet effective exercises that increase strength in your upper body and core. They work the triceps and the pectoral muscles of the chest. They do not require any equipment and are suitable for beginners as well as advanced fitness enthusiasts.
There are different types of push-ups; there are wall push-ups, seated push-ups, kneeling push-ups, standard push-ups, and incline push-ups. To do a standard push-up, follow these steps:
Lunges can be done anywhere and at any time; the exercise yields results that can be seen in the form of toned legs and a shapely backside. If you do them right, you will get great results.
Doing lunges the right way is important, as you don’t want to strain your muscles or injure yourself as you exercise at home. Here is how to do a lunge:
This is a fantastic cardio exercise to try at home. It is an effective way of losing weight and burning calories. According to the University of Connecticut Health Center, jogging in place is as effective as other high-energy bursts of activity such as jumping rope or doing jumping jacks.
Jogging in place involves the following:
Physical balance is more than being able to stand on both feet. It helps you find your center, relaxes the mind, and prevents injuries while also relieving stress. Before engaging in balance pose exercises, you need to ensure there is a chair or wall close by to prevent falling, especially if it’s your first time doing this type of exercise at home. You will also need to be relaxed and take deep breaths.
There are several balance poses you can explore at home; some of them include:
A squat is a dynamic strength training exercise that works on the muscles of the lower and upper body. It strengthens your core, helps reduce weight, and prevents the risk of injuries. It’s one of the best bodyweight exercises for the back, strengthening the muscles of the lower body while keeping your whole body fit and healthy.
To do a basic squat, follow these steps:
Don’t let the lockdown get you down. Stick to an at-home exercise routine to maintain your muscle tone and burn calories. You’ll boost your metabolism; this, in turn, helps you lose weight, thereby leading to a healthier you.
This is not all that strength training at home does. It also helps to strengthen the joints and bones in the body, improves flexibility, reduces the risk of certain types of chronic disease, and improves posture. Exercise also boosts your energy level and your general mood.
Many of these exercises can be done at home without the need for equipment. If you want to step it up, try one of the many virtual training platforms available for mobile phones. Start today! Your body will thank you for it.