By Elizabeth Bracero, Fitness Expert & ACE Health Coach for Gotham Bandit
We live in a busy world. As much as we want to be able to stick to our normal gym routine, life throws us scheduling curve balls: an emergency staff meeting, playing the chauffeur to and from soccer practice, or last minute dinner plans. These things happen. In order to stay faithful to your fitness goals, here are some at home exercises for when time isn’t on your side and you can’t make it to the gym.
1 | Walking.
If the weather is nice, it’s wonderful to get outside and enjoy the scenery while you exercise. However, you can just as easily get an effective walking workout at home. If you have a flight of stairs, go up and down them a few times. This will help to tone up your legs while getting some low impact aerobic exercise. If you don’t have any stairs available, just walk around the house a few times – it may not be very exciting, but it will do the job!
2 | Jumping jacks.
These are always fun as they bring back memories of being a kid! Who hasn’t done jumping jacks for fun as a child? Well, surprise – they are great for cardio exercise and good for warming up, too.
3 | Push-ups.
These are probably not the most favorite exercise but, while they can be hard to do, you can find easier ways to do them. Just do what works for you. Do them on your knees, instead of keeping your legs straight. Or, do them standing up against a wall. You will be building up arm strength and working out muscles in your chest area.
4 | Leg lifts.
These are great for building up strength and muscles in your legs. If you find it hard to do the exercises with your legs straight, try bending them slightly.
5 | Crunches.
This is the best exercise for building up and strengthening abdominal muscles. When you’re just getting started don’t worry about getting your head all the way up. So long as you’re going up until you feel the stretching of the muscles you will see some benefit.
6| Jogging in place.
Jogging is a great exercise for your heart. You can jog in place at home while watching TV or listening to music. The only equipment you will require is a good pair of shoes, to eliminate any stress to your legs.
7 | Squats.
These are wonderful exercises for your legs and buttocks. You can even just try these by sitting and standing up again from a regular chair, if you’re finding them to be too difficult. As long as you’re able to do a few repetitions, you will be providing some benefit to your body.
8 | Light weight lifting.
No, you don’t need to go out and buy expensive weights for this! Just use whatever you can find in your house. Start out with something lighter, such as a can of peas, and work yourself up to heavier items. You can use milk jugs, laundry detergent bottles, or even water jugs.
9 | Dancing.
Dancing is wonderful exercise, which is great for your heart. Not only that, but it can lift your spirits and give your overall feelings a boost as well.
Getting some exercise is important, use what you have in your house and work out in the comfort of your home. So just get up and start exercising!
Elizabeth Bracero is a Fitness Expert, Model, Writer and ACE Health Coach. She owns and operates FitnessRXNow, a personalize training, health coaching, and group fitness company in Miami, Florida. She has appeared on the cover of TimeOut NY magazine, in commercials, and in the book The Body Fat Solution by Tom Venuto. She contributes as a writer for Cosmopolitan and Latina magazines, was a runner-up personal trainer for The Biggest Loser, and part of the Fitness Division launch at Wilhelmina Agency.
She is the creator and presenter of the Woman’s Wellness Lecture Series™, Lifestyle Management Toolbox™, Wow Workout!™, and CoreCamp™ group fitness program.
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