More and more people are appreciating the importance of working out and living a healthy lifestyle.
The best place to work out is usually in a gym or outdoors. This, however, is not always an option for everybody.
Some people do not have gyms within their residential areas and have to drive for long distances before they can get to one. Others find the cost of gym memberships out of their reach.
Some people live in insecure neighborhoods where going for an early morning or late night jog means putting their lives at risk. For such people, working out at home is a viable option to consider.
Here are some simple workouts that you can do at home to stay fit and healthy.
Standing with your feet together, and your arms by your side, hop your feet apart at the same time as you bring your arms above your head. Quickly hop your feet back together and bring your arms back to your sides.
Continue this motion for a set time period or for a set number of repetitions. This exercise will give you good cardio. Your heart will be racing in no time.
It is also very good for exercising your joints and keeping them firm.
One of the most important lower body exercises are squats. Stand upright with your feet apart. Put your hands out in front of you for balance. Now sit back as if you were in a chair.
Do a couple of repetitions or do it for a set period of time. Your knees should always stay behind your toes.
To do the burpees correctly, assume a squat position and do a quick squat thrust. This means quickly touching the floor with both of your hands and pushing your legs backwards. This motion looks like you are doing a quick press up. Push your chest to the floor, do a quick frog jump then jump back up again.
Standing Calf Raises
One of the best toning exercises there is out there is the standing calf raise. While standing up, lift yourself up so that it appears as if you are tiptoeing.
Try and stand up as tall as possible, hold on to that position for about three to five seconds then come back down. This should be done for about 15 to 20 repetitions.
If done right, you should definitely be feeling a burn by the time you get to the fifteenth repetition.
When done at home, these are also called chair dip triceps. Take a kitchen chair and sit down on it. Rotate your palms while holding the chair so that they face away from your body.
Move away from the chair while still holding it so that your heels go out and your body is suspended in the air. Drop your weight while keeping your back as close to the chair as possible, and then back up.
Ideally when coming down, your hands should be at a ninety degree angle. To make this movement more advanced, you can take another kitchen chair and rest your heels on that chair.
Do the exact same thing and keep your body as close to the first chair as possible. Dip down and then come back up.
With these simple home workouts, you are bound to keep yourself fit and healthy without having to leave the comfort of your home.