Stay Fit Using Things in Your Home
The daily grind can be grueling. We work extended hours and are expected to do more with less time. We adapt to the stress, lack of sleep, and skipped workouts, but this behavior paves the way for some unhealthy trends and habits when it comes to lifestyle.
Every day, more people are succumbing to lifestyle-related diseases such as high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, diabetes, and obesity. Most people think that conditions like these disappear by taking medicine. The truth is that individuals can avoid diabetes, obesity, heart problems, etc., if they live an active and healthy lifestyle.
Let’s assume you have your diet down (if you don’t, maybe look here for some help). Many people do not have enough time to exercise and keep active. After a hard day’s work, people go home and sit in front of the t.v. or they fall on their beds without even changing clothes. When they wake up in the morning, it’s the same routine. And if you don’t have your diet down, it’s even worse.
For people on the go, these habits are a reality, and some lose hope. Although it may sound bleak and irreversible, there are ways for individuals to stay healthy, even if their schedules won’t allow them to hit the gym. Here are some exercises that a person can do in the comfort of their homes.
Make Your Home Your Gym
Synergizing with the Stairs
A lot of people may not notice it, but the stairs are a good place to exercise. Just by walking up and down them for a few minutes can provide a good cardio boost. A good routine would be to run up and down for few minutes each day, then gradually increase the speed and duration of the exercise.
This is a good way to burn some calories while strengthening the calves and the legs.
Working out with Chairs
Using a chair for exercise is always a good trick for people who want a whole body workout. There are lots of easy routines to do while working with a chair. An example would be chair pushups. These work your chest and arms like regular pushups, but doing it with a chair is simple and easy.
Beds are for Exercise too
Another useful piece of exercise equipment is your bed — and no, we’re not talking about that other kind of workout! Lie back on your bed so that your legs hang off the edge. Try raising your legs into the air while using your arms and core to brace yourself. Elevate your legs as high as you can. These are called leg lifts and provides an excellent workout for your core and abs.
Core workouts are super important for fitness. They don’t just tone, they improve posture and decrease joint stress.
Winning with the Wall
A wall sit is another excellent way to exercise your body at home. With your back to the wall, bend your knees, so you drop to a similar position like a squat. You’ll start to feel pressure in your legs up to your core. Try to hold it for few minutes with your back still lying flat on the wall, and don’t forget to squeeze your glutes!
One with the Floor
Even the floor can provide a workout that is worthy of trying out. Spread a blanket or use a yoga mat for extra traction and comfort. Now, while lying on your belly, tuck your toes under you and put your elbows under your shoulders. From this position, you are going to raise your torso off the floor. Make sure to maintain a level hip and shoulder line — you don’t want to make a triangle of your butt or have your midsection sag.
This is called planking and provides a great workout for your arms, core, and back.
Hold this for fifteen seconds before lowering yourself back to the floor; repeat 6 times. Over time, you will be able to perform this exercise for longer and longer holds. Your first goal is to get to one minute.
Doing a workout yourself at home can save you time and stress of booking a class, fighting traffic to get to the gym, and even save you money. Utilize the items you have in your home — you can even use soup cans or bottles of water for weights, if you want to challenge yourself in other ways. You can stay fit at home by trying these basic exercises. Why not start today?
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