In a perfect world, you’d hit the gym on a regular basis. But let’s face it – sometimes life gets in the way. You may be a busy mom who wants to get in shape, but you are juggling a newborn and don’t have the luxury of working out at a gym. Or maybe you’re just starting off your workout routine and you’re not yet comfortable with the idea of going to the gym. Many people prefer to workout from home, and for many more, it might be the only option.
For these and many more reasons, squeezing in an at-home workout is a great way to stay in shape without ever stepping foot in a gym. As a certified strength and conditioning specialist, I’ve compiled a list of simple yet effective exercises to help you strengthen and tone at home. The best part is that you can complete all these exercises without any equipment!
Stay toned, trim, and in shape without ever stepping foot in a gym.
Here are 6 exercises that you can do at home without any equipment for a full-body workout:
1. The Push-Up
With your hands shoulder-width apart, squeeze your back and glutes and lower your chest to the ground. Be careful not to arch your upper or lower back throughout these motions. Maintaining active muscle engagement and keeping your backbody straight (as opposed to arching your spine) while doing a push-up engages your entire core which in turn burns more fat.
Do 3 sets of 10. If you want to target your triceps, add one rep of Chaturanga push-ups.
Too difficult? If you cannot hold your form while balancing on your feet, drop to your knees and follow the same motions above. Gradually build your strength by lifting one knee when you’re ready, and ultimately progressing to keeping both knees lifted.
Too easy, you say? Lift one foot off the ground, or try to clap your hands at the top of each push-up.
Still too easy for you? First off, you’re impressive! Second, go to a wall and lift into a handstand. Even further, try some handstand push-ups.