It’s no secret that exercise is important for our long-term health and current frame of mind. Even though we understand its significance, we make so many excuses to avoid it. Do any of these excuses sound familiar?
- “I don’t like working out in front of other people.”
- “It’s too inconvenient to leave my apartment to go workout after getting home from work.”
- “All the fancy equipment at gyms intimidate me.”
Each of these reasons to not work out can be refuted by working out at home! You don’t need a lot of equipment to get your heart rate up and have a good workout. A mat, resistance bands, and a few sets up dumbells will do. Many exercises don’t require any equipment at all.
Simple & Effective Exercises for Working Out at Home
Heel to Toe Sumo Squats
You only need a chair for this exercise, and once you have the movement down you won’t even need that. Stand with your feet slightly wider than your hips with your toes turned outward at 10 and 2 o’clock and your weight on your heels. Then, squat as if you were about to sit on the chair. Once you are hovering slightly above the chair, jump up suddenly with your hands in the air straight above, transferring the weight from your heels to the balls of your feet. Repeat this twenty times.
On a smooth, flat section of the floor, lie on your back. Now, bend your knees, keeping your feet touching the floor. Move your arms to be perpendicular to your body and turn your palms up to face the ceiling. Finally, raise your hips to form a straight line with your knees and shoulders. Avoid arching your back. Hold this position for five seconds, squeezing your core and glutes the entire time. Repeat ten times. If you want to increase the intensity of this exercise, use a resistance loop around your upper thighs.
Lie on your stomach with your toes pointed away from your body and your arms extended to form a straight line in front of you. Now, breathe in and slowly raise both arms and legs a few inches off the floor. Try to avoid moving, keep your limbs straight, and hold the position for five seconds. Repeat ten times. An alternative variation to this exercise is to flutter your arms and legs like you’re “swimming” for 30 seconds at a time.
This exercise is famous for its simplicity and effectiveness. Lie on your stomach with your elbows bent in such a way that your forearms are flat against the floor. Now, pull your toes towards your shins. Slowly rise up on your toes supporting your weight on your forearms. You want your body to make a straight line starting from your shoulders and ending with your feet. Tighten your core and hold the position for thirty seconds. Repeat three times. As you build up core strength, you’ll be able to hold your plank for longer periods without rest.
After completing these strength-training exercises in your apartment, go for a jog or brisk walk around the beautiful Center Pointe Apartment Community. We hope you find these exercises for working out at home in your apartment helpful and use them to keep yourself in the best condition possible. No more excuses!
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