Slow and steady workouts to carry out at home
11 May 2018
Maybe it is the sun, the expensive gym membership, or just our hectic lives – it can be is easy to make up an excuse for not exercising. Nonetheless, we all need regular exercise, to make sure our cardiovascular fitness levels are at an optimum. As the saying goes, use it or lose it.
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Here are a few convenient workout options that we can get started on anytime, at our own pace, right from home.
This exercise engages your glutes and leg muscles while training your balance.
1. Stand in front of the couch. Lift your right knee up towards your chest and clasp it with both hands.
2. Now, bend your left knee all the way until you are seated on the couch, while still holding onto your right knee.
3. Keep holding on to your right knee, before attempting to stand back up.
4. Repeat these steps 10 times before switching legs.
Plank exercises help to build up your core muscles, and they only take a couple of minutes each time.
1. Get into a push-up position.
2. Keep your arms extended and hold the position for 30 seconds.
3. If you are not aching from that, take a break and add an additional 10 seconds for your next set.
Burpees are one of the most effective full-body workouts around.
1. Start in a low squat position and kick back your legs to adopt a push-up position.
2. Complete one push-up before you kick your legs back in and jump upwards as high as possible, like you’re doing a jumping jack.
3. When your feet lands on the ground, get back into a push-up position and repeat the cycle.
TRX or total body resistance training conditions your body with a range of workouts that can be conveniently fitted into any schedule, and done from anywhere.
The TRX system is based on the idea of suspension, and while most gyms now have it installed, you can purchase these separately and latch them onto your furniture for a decent workout. The array of possibilities with the TRX is limited only by your endurance – there are TRX push-ups variations, plank knee crunches, and whole lot more.
Time, money, and location are essentially no barriers to a good workout. We hope these tips offer you more ideas on getting into shape from anywhere.
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