Keep your heart healthy and your weight under control by exercising regularly. The human body was not made to be glued to a chair (or couch). Studies have shown that for your body to function optimally, you will need to walk at least 10,000 steps daily. While this may sound daunting, there are many ways to get this done without it seeming too tedious. Don’t worry if you are not able to invest in a gym membership and go in for regular workouts. You can get the same effect from home. Here are some great exercises that don’t require you to keep aside a separate room for gym equipment. However, before starting up on an exercise program, be sure to check with your doctor. Apart from keeping you fit, these exercises will tone specific muscle groups and give you a firmer body.
At Home Workouts
Turn a laundry basket full of clothes into an exercise apparatus by holding it above your head and lifting it up and putting it down. Repeat 15 times to work out your shoulders, upper arms, and upper back muscles. You can also try lying flat on your back and lifting the basket up and down from your chest.
Try doing a marching exercise when you are doing the dishes in front of the sink. This helps strengthen the calf muscles.
Stair climbing will give you the same benefits as an aerobic class would give you. Walk up and down the stairs ten times until you feel the burn in your leg muscles. Start slowly. If you haven’t climbed stairs in a long time it is recommended that you go up and down the stairs just twice to begin with. You can slowly build up endurance to ten times.
If you decide to go in for any home gym equipment, go in for a treadmill. Jogging and walking on a treadmill for half an hour each day will give you a great cardiovascular workout.
Work out your thighs and gluteus muscles with couch kicks. Stand up so that you face the couch and bend forward so that your body weight is supported on your arms. Kick your legs back one at a time. Repeat this exercise until your legs tire out.
Get some killer abdominal muscles with great crunches at home. Start with isometrics and take a couple of seconds to come up and go down again. Repeat the crunches five times. These will work your oblique muscles as well as your thighs and gluteus muscles.
Rolling Chair Presses
If you have a rolling chair with wheels, hold on to the desk in front of you and push yourself away from the desk. Do not let go of the desk. Pull yourself towards the desk again. This is a great exercise for biceps.
Bust A Move
Burn off extra pounds by dancing. Get some great dance moves with energetic beats and break it down. This is a great way to get an overall workout, apart from the fact that you will love it.