5 Simple Exercises You Can Do at Home
Who needs the gym these days? Then again, it’s not even an option as some gyms remain closed or have very strict guidelines. You don’t need fancy equipment or to be a star athlete to get in shape. Plus, you can always make modifications based on your individual abilities and weight loss goals. Here are 5 simple exercises you can do from the comfort of your home:
Walking is so simple, but offers a long list of health benefits – both physical and mental. And all you need are some comfy, supportive sneakers! With just 30 minutes of walking per day, 5 days a week, you can reduce your risk for heart disease, lower your blood sugar, and even boost your immune system (we could all use an extra boost right about now). Plus the fresh air can help relieve stress and boost your energy.1
This is an age-old classic you may remember as a kid, but as simple as it is, it’ll really get your heart pumping (which is a good thing)! If you have outdoor space, this is a great activity to do with your kids outside on the grass, pavement, or a deck.
Beginner Tip: If it’s been years since you’ve attempted a jumping jack, start out with a low impact variation. Skip the jump part and simply move each leg side to side but still keep the power in your arm movement.
Waiting for your coffee to brew in the morning? You can quite literally do this anywhere, anytime!
Simply stand straight against a wall and rest your back, neck, and head against it. With your feet positioned shoulder width apart, bend your knees as if you were sitting down in an imaginary chair. Hold for 15 seconds then rest and repeat. As you do this simple exercise more regularly, you’ll get stronger and stronger. This works and tones your thigh and glute muscles.
This is another easy one for beginners but also an all-time favorite for more seasoned athletes out there. This simple floor exercise works your glutes and abdominals.
Lie flat on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Tighten your glutes and abdominal musicals as you lift your hips off the floor to create a straight line from your shoulders to your knees. Hold for 20 seconds then rest. Repeat 10 times.
Ok, this one may sound intimidating, but it’s actually very simple and can be modified to any level. Plus, it works those pesky inner arm muscles (also called triceps).
Sit on the floor with your knees bent and place your arms flat on the floor behind you. Start with your arms straight and your butt off the ground then lower your body until your arms reach a 90 degree angle with the floor. Then push your body back up (using those inner arm muscles). You can also do this with a chair, but it may be easier to start on the floor then modify from there. Check out this article from Women’s Health Magazine that breaks it all down for you.
Remember, you don’t need an expensive gym membership, peloton bike, or fancy equipment to achieve your weight loss and fitness goals. Just get moving! Then refuel with a refreshing, cold protein drink.
- Nashua Nutrition