We all know that it’s important to keep ourselves fit. The best way of doing this is to make sure that we are doing regular exercise. As we get older this becomes more important and its very important for anyone who works at a desk or in any other job where you don’t move around much.
One of the problems with exercise is that we associate it with expense – in terms of both money and time. Lots of people immediately think they must join a gym to get fit and the thought of paying a monthly membership can be off-putting. Also, it can feel like a big time drain when you must travel to and from a gym.
The truth is, these are all just excuses and, it doesn’t have to cost a penny to keep fit and do regular exercise. Furthermore, you can keep yourself fit without even leaving your house.
As little as 30 minutes a day exercising at home can make a real difference to your overall health and can make you fitter and happier than before.
We have included 5 super-simple exercise routines that you can do practically anywhere as long as you have a spare 15-20 minutes and an area of only 6-7 feet.
- Jogging on the spot
This is a great exercise to get yourself warmed up, loosen up your muscles and its great as a cardiovascular workout. This is easy to do anywhere, doesn’t really require any space at all and you don’t need any equipment.
You can make this exercise harder by increasing the pace of jogging and by bringing your knees up to your body as you jog.
The plank is a great exercise to work out your abdominal muscles. To perform this exercise simply lay down on the floor, front facing downwards, and then push your body up using your hands, straighten out your arms as if you were in the upper stages of a push-up and then hold the position. It’s a good idea to hold this position for 30-60 seconds and a time, rest and then repeat.
Push-ups are a nice simple exercise that will provide a great workout for your arms as well as your upper body in general. If you are just starting out you can perform push-ups whilst resting on your knees. As you progress you can have just the tips of your toes touching the ground as you push up with your hands and when you get to the advanced stages you can perform push-ups using only one hand.
Squats are another super easy exercise that you can do even with the tightest of space constraints. To perform the squat simple stand up with your feet shoulder-width part and then squat down by bending your knees. Imagine that you are sitting down on a chair – so try and keep your back straight and to keep your lower legs upright – so you are effectively squatting back into a sitting position. Move your legs further apart if you find this exercise difficult and bring your feet closer together if you want to increase difficulty.
Sit-ups are good if you want to work on your abdominal muscles. Simply sit on the floor with your knees bent and then lower and raise your upper body. When performing sit-ups, you shouldn’t lower your body too far, or sit up to far and you should feel a constant tension in your stomach muscles.
Repeat these 5 exercises every day for 30 days doing a combination of them for at least 30 minutes per day and you will notice a considerable difference in your fitness, stamina and strength by the end of the month.