Simple Home Exercises Without the Equipment
Many find it hard to maintain a regular fitness regime after their initial enthusiasm. It’s a very ordinary struggle for many of us. Just don’t be too hard on yourself and start thinking that you might not be able to do it after all. You know that getting and staying fit and healthy is important. You understand why you need to do it. That, right there, is half the battle won. It’s really just tough to get and maintain the fitness habit (actually any habit for that matter).
To get and sustain the habit, try doing a simple set of exercise maybe two to three times a week. Many successful exercise habits have been born this way. As you start to feel the benefits you will have more motivation to up the activity level throughout your week.
Before you know it, your fitness habit becomes a permanent thing in your daily schedule, and you even find yourself looking for and trying out more complex routines at home or in the gym.
Here are a few simple exercises that you can do at home (or anywhere for that matter). Choose to do all of them as part of your routine, or just do one to start off then add more exercises as you gain more confidence. No fancy kit needed. No frills. Just 10 to 15 minutes of your time.
Jumping jacks. Everybody knows how to do this. Jump up and split your legs so you land feet apart. At the same time raise your arms up and apart. Jump again to bring your feet together. Repeat.
Push ups. It’s great for your core abdominal strength, and then, at the same time ,you are engaging your chest and arms. If you’re a beginner try doing it on your knees first.
Start lying face down with your palms face down beneath your shoulders. Push up on your hands taking care to keep your back straight. You know you’re doing it right when your body is balanced on your hands and toes (or knees for beginners) with your back straight. Lower your body slowly then repeat.
Below is a video on how to do a push-up correctly
Burpees. This is a pretty hard exercise, but a very good all around calorie-burning and toning exercise especially for the stomach.Stand up straight then lower yourself to your hands. Push your feet straight out behind you. You pull your feet back in then leap as high as you can. Try to do all the steps as smoothly as you can. Repeat as many times as you like.
To keep things simple, do things in 30second sets. Do as many as you can of one exercise in 30 seconds. Rest for 30 seconds. Then move to another exercise. Just keep the cycle to 30 seconds exercise then 30 seconds to rest in between exercises.
In some cases, it might be best to warm up by doing some brisk walking before you get into the exercises. Just look for some space at home. A walk from your kitchen to the living room is good enough. Remember to walk at a pace that gets your heart beating a little faster. When sufficiently warmed up you can do some light stretching and then get on to doing the exercises.