Think you need a gym full of fancy equipment to get results? Think again!
While most of us wouldn’t mind owning the latest and greatest workout equipment, the fact is that you don’t need a gym to get toned. There are tons of exercises that you can do sans equipment that can be just as effective at keeping you in shape.
While often overlooked, basic exercises can produce great results. Here are five super exercises that can help keep you in shape.
Believe it or not, plain old walking is one of the best exercises. Research shows that walking for at least 30 minutes a day can help improve blood pressure levels, improve mental clarity, reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer, and help stave off coronary heart disease. Not too bad for an exercise that’s easy – and free! Afraid you’ll get bored? Grab a friend or a dog and take the scenic route. Your heart and waistline will thank you.
Squats are a great way to tone the muscles in the thighs and glutes, and of course, they don’t require any fancy equipment. To do squats, aim to keep your back straight, feet apart, and extend your arms, then bend your knees and drop down – and get back up. Repeat as many times as possible. Squats are a great exercise to do while watching TV. Perfect for commercial breaks!
Another great commercial break exercise: lunges. Lunges work out the same muscles as squats, but also help to improve your balance. Lunges are fast and simple, yet effective. To do lunges, take a big step forward with your right foot. Lower yourself so that your front right knee tracks over the top of your foot, and your left knee points down towards the floor. Then, push yourself back up to stand at your starting position. Repeat on the other leg and keep alternating. Start with about 10 lunges on each leg, and try to work up to three sets.
Not the dreaded push-up! You’re not in boot camp, but you’ll feel like you are with this exercise. Still, push-ups require no equipment, and they’re a great way to strengthen your upper body. When you first start, you might only be able to do one or even a partial push-up, but keep at it and you’ll soon be doing push-ups like a pro.
Crunches will get you on the fast track to achieving that ‘six pack’ you’ve been wanting. Start by lying on your back with your hands behind your head, your knees up and feet flat on the floor. Then, bring your chin to your chest without pulling your head. Similar to a sit-up, but without going all the way up.
Ready to get super toned? Set aside some time to do these exercises or turn on your favorite show, and do some during those commercial breaks. Just don’t switch on Netflix!