One of the most common reasons why people fail to exercise is because they simply do not have time or find it too expensive to go the gym. But the truth is: exercising does not have to happen only within those four walls. If you are determined enough to lose weight, then it is possible to do your exercise routines at home- without the use of expensive gym equipment or the guidance of a professional instructor. So if you need a hand, here are a few and simple exercise routines that you can do right at home.
- Stretching exercises – You can stretch out your muscles by lying on your back and bringing your left knee up to your chest. Hold for a few seconds and repeat with the right knee. If you are a bit limited on space, you can also stand with both hands placed against the wall. Move both your foot backward and feel the stretch at the back of your legs. Hold for a few seconds, get back into starting position and repeat.
- Leg exercises – To tone those leg muscles, what you can do is to lie on your left side, while supporting your upper body with your elbows. Slowly lift your right leg up in the air and then lower it down. Repeat for 15-20 times before doing it with the other side. If you do not want to do this lying down, you can also do leg exercises standing up. Hold the back of a chair for support and slowly lift your leg backwards. Repeat 15-20 times.
- Arm exercises – The best way to tone those arm muscles with the least amount of equipment is by using arm bands. Place one end of the band under your feet and hold the other end with both hands. Once in position, raise your left and right arms up alternately. Do this for 10-15 minutes. If you are not too comfortable with using arm bands, you can invest in a good pair of weights or dumbbells.
- Abs exercises – One very important thing you need to remember about abs exercises is to always do the routine right to avoid strains or muscle injury. Crunches are one of the most popular ab exercises that people do at home and at the gym. Lie down on the floor. Fold your legs with your feet lying flat on the floor surface. Put your hands behind your head or cross them at the front of your chest. Raise your shoulders 1-2 inches above the floor by contracting your abdominal muscles. Bring your shoulder back down and repeat the entire routine 15-20 times. Exhale as you go up and keep your neck straight at all times.
- Squats – This is a very simple exercise routine that can tone up your leg and hip muscles. Stand with both feet slight apart and slowly bend your legs, lowering your body a foot or so. Do this 15-20 times in a day. If you become accustomed to the routine, you can increase the level of difficulty by lowering your body even more.
Who said you need a gym membership to stay in shape? Just follow these simple exercise routines and you should be good to go.