Let’s be real. Life can get pretty hectic and it can easily distract us from our health and fitness goals. But fitness doesn’t require an expensive gym membership or state-of-the-art equipment. You can easily put together a quick, easy fitness routine in the comfort of your home or even your hotel room when traveling. All it requires is a bit of motivation, your body, and you are good to go! Whether if you’re looking for a fast workout at home or if you’re new to the fitness game, check out these five easy home workouts that anyone could do.
Squats is your basic exercise that comes with many benefits. It helps with balance, strength, and it targets your entire lower body including your glutes, hips, quads, and even hamstrings. If you haven’t had any experience with squats, focus on your form first before adding any weights. Take a semi-wide stance with your toes facing front and sit into a squat position. Keep your heels and toes on the ground while controlling your chest and shoulder up and back. If you’re looking to burn a few extra calories, try jump squats. Explode your body off the ground into a jump and land into a squat. You’ll definitely feel the burn.
Planks is a classic exercise that targets your entire body. Depending on your preference, you can do them on your forearms or from your hands, just like you’re doing a push up. Keep your elbows bent at a 90 degree angle while stabilizing your body into a straight line from head to toe. Hold that plank for as long as you can and make it a goal to hold it longer every time. You can also do side planks to target those obliques.
Lunges are great for improving balance, engaging your core, and can tone up those glute muscles. Start by standing with your feet hip-width apart. Take a big step back and bend that front knees to lower your body into a lunge position. Drive back that leg to return to that starting position. Remember, it’s all about form, so be sure to master your form first before adding any weights.
If you want to work more of your upper body, chair dips is the perfect exercise that can be done almost anywhere. Grab a chair or even a coffee table. Start by sitting at the edge of the chair while gripping the edge of with both of your hands. Position your feet in a comfortable sitting position facing toward and hold yourself up using your triceps. Create a dipping motion by lowering your body. Do this till your arms start to burn!
A basic crunch is a great, easy way to tighten your core. Start by lying on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat at a hip-width apart. Place your hands behind your head as if cradling it and pull yourself to your knees while engaging your core. Make it a goal to do as many crunches a day!