Sometimes the biggest barrier to being fit isn't the exercise, it's all the hassle necessary to just get started exercising. Finding time for daily exercise in your life can be tough. Adding in additional time to sit in traffic and find parking might just make what feels tough simply impossible. A home gym can be a great option, but for many who are downsizing their homes, there isn't enough space. And even if you can find the room, exercise equipment is hardly cutting edge home decor. Plus, these days, some of the fanciest home equipment has become quite pricey.
If you're feeling the motivation to work out at home, but don't want to clutter your house with lots of equipment, here are five exercises for getting an excellent workout without having to buy a single thing.
One of the biggest mistake that people make in their exercise routines as they age is not choosing routines that have enough emphasis on strengthening their core muscles. By keeping your core strong, you're taking the most basic steps to ensure that your body is able to perform. This exercise is done on the floor, preferably on a carpet or rug. You can also use a yoga mat or blanket for padding.
Begin by sitting with your back upright and arms crossed in front of your chest. Your legs should be extended in front of you with knees bent. Slowly sit back as far as you're able and then return to your original position. This can be a small movement, so long as you feel your abdominal muscles engaging. That is one thing that makes this exercise so great—you can adjust to your fitness level and, as you build strength, you'll be able to lean back farther. Repeat the exercise ten times.
This simple exercise is a perfect way to build strength in the lower and upper body as well as the core all at once. Begin this exercise on all fours, with your arms and hands aligned beneath your shoulders and your knees below your hips. As you contract your core and stabilize your hips and shoulders, rearrange your balance onto your left knee and right hand. Raise your right leg and left hand, extending as fully as possible and then hold for two seconds. Replace and then switch hands and legs. Repeat ten times for each side.
A common mistake people make in keeping fit is focusing solely on strength training. It's important to keep your muscles strong, but you should also continue to do cardio. When the weather's not right for getting outside to get active, do jumping jacks. Feel free to modify them to a lower jump if the impact is uncomfortable for your joints.
A strong lower body is invaluable in achieving all of your fitness goals far into the future and nothing strengthens thighs quite as well as squats. It's a great idea to use a wall to stabilize. As you squat you'll want to keep your core tight and squat until your thighs are parallel with the floor. Feel free to also use a chair to squat into as you're building strength.
So this one requires a chair, but you probably already have one of those lying around the house. Sit in the chair with back straight and knees bent at 90 degrees and slowly raise one leg and extend fully to hold for three seconds. Slowly lower and repeat with the other leg. Do ten reps for each leg. Strong knee muscles will help with joints that are less strong.