Stuck at home with no work out equipment and don’t know what to do? Trust me, you’re not alone! In light of this we decided to put together a list of some effective home exercises. While lifting weights at the gym is great, home work outs can have some amazing benefits. They are efficient, burn serious calories and improve cardio.
1. Lateral Split Squats
Get your glutes, thighs and hamstrings fired up with this one! To start, position your legs in a very wide stance with your feet straight. Sit back into one hip and push that knee out. Rinse and repeat for each side.
2. Couch Dip
This is a medium intensity exercise that you can do while enjoying your favorite show. Start by sitting up straight. With your hands, grip the edge of the couch at each side of your hip. Next, lift your butt up and off of the couch using your arms. While firmly gripping the edge of the couch, straighten your arms and extend your legs forward so that your knees are not bent. Walk your feet out slightly so that your butt is in front of the bench. Now that you’re in position slowly lower and raise your body by bending your elbows.
I know, obvious right? But this classic work out is great for upper body strengthening, especially if you don’t own any free weights. First, get down on all fours with your hands positioned a little bit wider than your shoulders. With your arms and legs straight, lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor. After a quick pause, push yourself back up. Repeat as many times as you can.
4. Mountain Climbers
A great workout to increase heart rate, burn calories and get your metabolism pumping. To do this cardio exercise get into a push up position. Keep your core tight and run as fast as you can while driving your knees to your chest. Tip: Keep your hips the same height as when you started, do not let them rise!
5. Side Plank
This exercise is super easy and hits those abdominal muscles that don’t get worked during sit ups. Start by lying on your right side with your left leg resting directly over your right one. Then bend your knees to a comfortable position. Next, raise your upper body to support yourself on your right arm with your right elbow bent 90 degrees and positioned under your shoulder. Align your head with your spine and keep your hips/lower knee in contact to the ground (or exercise mat). Gently contract your abdominal muscles to stiffen your spine and lift your hips up. Then gently return yourself to the start position.
In light of COVID-19 we are going to keep adding to this list. If you have any home workout suggestions PLEASE reach out to us. We love all the feedback we can get!
Stay safe out there everyone!