Was your resolution to get fit this year but you’re not feeling the gym scene? No worries. We’ve got various pieces of exercise equipment and accessories to help you maintain your new healthy lifestyle without having to pay for that pricey gym membership. Pair these simple exercises with a revamped diet, as well as adding in other moves, to help give you a full body workout.
The plank and side plank are a standard full body strength workout. The most common one is the forearm plank; place your forearms on the ground with elbows aligned below the shoulders, and arms parallel to your body at about shoulder-width distance. You can leave your palms flat facing or clasp your hands together. Keep your core tight while breathing normally. Hold this position for 30 seconds. You can gradually add more time the longer you workout.
Fitness Ball – Abs
Exercise balls are great for building balance and strength. For abs, lie on the ball with your middle back resting on top, arms straight, and palms on your upper thighs. Then, slowly curl your upper body forward, keeping your hands on your thighs and your back straight. Avoid curling your chin into your neck. Then slowly lower to the starting position. You can do this 15 times.
The basic squat works wonders on your legs, butt and core. Start by standing as tall as you can with your feet spread slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Hold your arms straight out in front of your body at shoulder level, so that they’re parallel to the floor. Keep your torso as upright as you can for the entire movement, with your lower back slightly arched. Lower your body as far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees. Like you’re going to sit on an imaginary bench behind you. Hold, and then push yourself back to the starting position. You can do 15 to 20 times.
Talk about the old school workout. To do a basic burpee, begin in a standing position. Ready? Burpees generally follow 4 basic steps. 1. Sink into a low squat with both hands on the floor, placed just outside your feet. 2. Kick your feet straight back and land on your toes so that you're in a plank position. 3. Jump your feet back between your hands. Keep your abs tight and tuck your body back into your squat. 4. Now reach up and push off into a vertical jump. Make sure your burpees are fluid but controlled. Remember your breathing. You can start with 6 to 8 burpees and work their way up in both speed and number.
Incline Push Up
Use your couch or a bench to do these. Get into the push-up position, but place your hands placed on a raised surface like the couch, stairs, a chair, etc. Your body should form a straight line from your ankles to your head. Start your pushup and let your upper arms dip below your elbows. Hold and then push yourself back to the starting position as quickly as possible. When you become a pro at these, you can move to the floor for the maximum pushup workout. You can do these 12 to 15 times.