Sometimes, getting to the gym can be a challenge. With everything going on in our busy lives, finding time to work out can fall to the bottom of our to-do lists. When there’s work to do, meals to cook, and kids to look after, carving out time in the week to work out often doesn’t feel like an option. But not anymore!
Exercising regularly is key to leading a healthy and active lifestyle, and we don’t want you to feel like you have to give it up. Below are 5 great exercises that you can do for a full body workout at home!
Squats will focus on strengthening your quads, hamstrings, and calves, and they’ll also tone your glutes.
To do a squat correctly, stand with your feet hip-width apart, keep your chest up and your arms out as you squat down, creating a 90° angle with your knees. Make sure that your knees do not bend past your toes. Repeat 20 times.
For an extra challenge, hold a 5 pound weight in each hand.
Just like squats, lunges engage your quads, hamstrings, calves, and glutes, but they also work your core, making them a great full body exercise.
Standing with your feet hip-width apart, step forward with one leg, bending down until both knees are creating 90° angles. Keeping your weight in your heels, return to the standing position. Repeat 20 times on both legs.
Diamond Push Ups
Push ups are a great exercise, but diamond push ups will really focus on strengthening and toning your arms.
Assume the pushup position, but instead of keeping your arms underneath your shoulders, move them underneath your chest creating a diamond with your thumbs and your index fingers. Because of this new positioning, more muscles will be worked as you complete each pushup. Start with 15 diamond push ups, and increase the reps as they become easier.
Russian twists are a great ab workout because they focus on your whole abdomen, including your obliques, which aren’t always worked in normal ab exercises.
Sitting on the floor with your knees bent in front of you and your feet on the floor, lean back until you feel your core engage. With a weight in your hands, twist from side to side, rotating as far as you can until you can touch the weight to the ground. Repeat 20 times on each side.
Now that you’ve worked all your muscles, it’s time for some cardio! It’s important to include some form of cardio in every workout to get your heart rate up and your blood circulating.
Run in place lifting your knees high in the air. Run for 3 minutes.
Finding time to workout can be difficult, so make it easy on yourself and workout in the comfort of your home! These at-home exercises will provide you with an effective full body workout that fits right in with your busy schedule.