Aside from eating a healthy and balanced diet, you also need regular exercise in order to live a healthy lifestyle. It would be great if you can have all the upscale equipment used in the gyms to the comforts of your home but although this seems like a wonderful idea, it is quite not possible for most people. Therefore it’s high time you bring out your ingenuity. You just have to find exercises that will not require any equipment but will be as effective. The following are tried and tested exercise routines you can do at home:
Walking and staircase exercise. it’s best to do this exercise on a nice weather so you can enjoy the scenery at the same time. However, during bad weather days, you can still do your walking workout at home and get the same effect in terms of burning calories. The flight of stairs would be a great alternative. Going up and down the stairs for a number of times is like doing a low impact aerobic exercise. It can help tone up your legs. If you don’t have stairs at home, you can always just go around the house and you get the same result, but at a slower pace.
Jogging in place. The heart benefits a lot when you jog. If there’s no way you can do it outdoor, jogging in place at home can still be enjoyable as you listen to music or even watch your favorite TV show. To avoid stressing your legs, just use a nice pair of shoes fit for jogging.
Jumping Jacks. This is no longer just a fun play activity for kids but can also be used as a cardio exercise and a perfect activity for warming up as well.
Dancing. This wonderful activity is fast becoming popular as a fun and stress-relieving form of exercise. Dancing is a good activity for the heart and in addition, it can uplift your spirits and overall feeling.
Light weight lifting. You just don’t realize it but you are actually doing this on a regular basis. How about household chores? Does that ring a bell? You don’t need those expensive weights that are used in the gyms. Use whatever is available in your house like canned goods, bottled water, water jugs or a small sack of potatoes among others.
Pushups. This exercise is not very popular to many people because it’s quite difficult to do but then there are ways to make it easy. Be innovative and do it in ways that will work for you. If you cannot do them on straight legs, you can always just bend your knees. A better alternative is to stand up and do pushups against a wall. This way is great for the arm and your chest.
Squats. if you want to work on your legs and buttocks, do the squats. If you are a beginner, you can try sitting and standing up from a regular chair. What matters is that you do it in repetitions to reap its benefits.
Crunches. These exercises help build up and strengthen the muscles in the abdominal area. If you cannot get your head all the way up, worry not because what’s more important is to give the muscles the stretching they need. Later on, you’ll get the hang of it and step by step, you can push yourself to the limits.
Step exercises. The bottom of the stairs will be the best place for this exercise. Do some repetitions to help tone the muscles on your legs.
Leg lifts. This activity helps make the muscles in your legs stronger. Lifting with your legs straight may seem hard at the beginning so you can start by lightly bending your legs.
Instead of going to the gym, a great alternative is to mix and match these exercise routines you can do at home. You will definitely be saving more time and money while getting fitter every single day.