Above all else, getting fit is about
attitude. Even the simplest workouts can be incredibly productive if you do
them consistently and with 100 percent of your focus. By combining the
following exercises into a circuit, and performing them a few days each week,
you can get a total-body workout without leaving the confines of your home.
Stairs are a great starting point for any workout, and it really is as easy as
left, right, left. A staircase workout is a great way to improve cardiovascular
fitness and overall health, and when you add squatting to the mix, you can also
tone your muscles and improve your balance.
The walls of your house can also provide
great support and resistance for a range of exercises, including squats, wall
sits, wall push-ups, and wall lunges. In fact, much of the equipment you find
at gyms can be substituted for simple domestic surfaces, including tables,
chairs, and hand rails. If you think about it, all exercise works because of
support and resistance. Bodyweight exercises and other forms of resistance
training have become incredibly popular over the last few years, because they
help people to self-regulate their routines and avoid injuries. Common
bodyweight exercises you can easily do at home include push-ups, sit-ups,
crunches, and pull-ups.
Yoga and Pilates routines are also easy to
perform at home, with numerous books and websites available to help you with
correct posture and technique. Interestingly, lots of popular yoga and
bodyweight exercises have been inspired by animal moves, including downward
dog, the crouching tiger, frog hops, the monkey shuffle, and the bear crawl. Because
these moves are inspired by natural movements, they don't require external
equipment and can easily be performed at home. Yoga and Pilates is a great way
to improve your flexibility and balance, with these key benefits not always
seen in static gym-based fitness routines.
Core strength routines can also be
performed at home, including things like squats, lunges, back extensions,
crunches, thrusts, and bridges. While it's totally possible to work on your
core without the use of any gadgets whatsoever, a few simple pieces of
equipment can prove useful. Medicine balls and balance boards can both be used
to improve balance and flexibility during core strength routines, with exercise
balls another great way to work on your core muscles without leaving home. By
turning your home into a gym and performing these exercises on a regular basis,
you'll never have an excuse to procrastinate ever again.
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