Not everyone wants to or can afford to pay out the monthly rate to go to the gym. And why should you when you can exercise in your own living room? DESIblitz explores five exercises you can do within your own four walls.
Planks are easy enough to do during television adverts.
Fitness no longer remains behind the walls of the gym that you said you would join six months ago. Thanks to Instagram, we are now bombarded with endless pictures from the fitness fanatics of social media.
Whilst you sip on your hot chocolate with whipped cream, others are taking post-workout selfies in the gym mirrors. These kindly remind you that they are losing the calories you are (or were) currently content to put on.
Despite the general consensus, fitness does not have to be grueling. Some feel rejuvenated after a five kilometre run, others prefer the tranquility of yoga.
For those of us who would rather not pay gym prices, here are a variety of home fitness ideas to inspire you – from the comfort of your own home.
1. The Plank
Abs – the elusive word that causes many of us to grumble, or cry into a pot of Ben and Jerry’s. The plank conditions your core and balance whilst tightening the abdominals.
It is effective as both a stand-alone exercise, or as part of a fitness routine.
To incorporate it into a routine, for example, alternate it with high intensity or cardiovascular movements.
For those who like to multitask, planks are easy enough to do during television advertisements. In fewer words, there are no excuses!
2. Jumping Squats
The jumping squat is an advancement of the standard squat. It is a great way to add a cardiovascular component to strength and toning routines.
It is a full-body exercise that predominantly works the legs and gluteus maximus.
It also activates the abdominals, calves and hamstrings as well.
Your entire body will benefit from investing some time in this simple move!
3. Wall Sits
Another exercise to do during the adverts or whilst waiting for the microwave.
This exercise sounds easy enough in principle, but you will feel the burn soon enough.
The wall sit is a static movement that engages every muscle in the lower body, particularly the quadriceps!
Like the plank, this is an endurance exercise, so get ready to count or have a stopwatch nearby!
Yoga Moves for Beginners
Now for something a little different. Yoga is a fantastic form of exercise with an abundance of benefits. Improved flexibility, muscle strengthening, and protecting the spine are but a few of them!
Yoga has tremendous benefits for your emotional and spiritual well being. Doing yoga can subdue negative emotions that can ultimately lead to stress and depression.
Out of the many countless moves, here are two, foundational poses, which are perfect for beginners.
Since both these moves are stretches, incorporate them into your cool down session after your workout.
4. Downward Facing Dog
This move is fantastic for stretching out the calves and heels and promotes full body circulation.
Your upper body strength will also improve, as it places weight on the arms and shoulders.
The flow of blood to the brain will improve concentration and calm the nervous system, meaning this move has both physical and mental benefits!
5. Upward Facing Dog
Like the above, the upward facing dog is another widely recognised yoga pose.
Focusing on the spine and arms, this move strengthens and stretches the upper body.
However, don’t let that compromise your fitness and overall health. Your home can give you the same results as the gym for less money, travel and for some of us, embarrassment.
By doing a few sets of some, or all of these moves on a regular basis, you will begin to feel and see the benefits physically and mentally.
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