If April has taught us anything, find ways to keep our body and mind sound while we practice social distancing! At HiDow, we’re huge proponents of staying healthy, even when circumstances don’t permit using exercise facilities like gyms and athletic fields. Luckily, working out in the comfort of your home has been perfected. Here are our top picks for the best exercises to do at home to get the most out of your spare time!
Stick to the Basics
One thing to remember when working out from home is that keeping it simple can be very effective. Short of having an entire home gym, you will likely need to rely on the basic free-weight workouts to strengthen your body from your legs through your core and up to your chest, back, and shoulders.
Rely on old-fashioned workouts that you can do with as little equipment as resistance bands and dumbbells if you have them!
Number one on our list is the classic push-up. While there are plenty of variations that you can do depending on your strength and skill level, the push-up is a classic for a reason. Pushing your body weight up and controlling it all on the way down targets several muscle groups that build core and upper body strength.
The main target areas are your pectorals, deltoids, triceps, serratus anterior (the big swing muscle), and abdomen.
One of the best exercises at home, when you are tight on space, is lunges! Lunges are a great way to build muscles like the glutes, hamstring, and quadriceps!
Remember to practice proper form: Keep your upper body straight, your knee directly above your ankle, and ensure your other knee doesn’t touch the floor!
To add resistance, wear bands around your legs to create tension when you lunge.
Sit-ups are one of the most fundamental abdominal workouts; you can do them anywhere, making them even better. There are a wide array of sit-up variations that work different areas of your core:
- Traditional sit-ups
- Russian twists (balancing on your bottom with your legs lifted as you touch the ground on each side of you with your hands)
…to name a few.
Finally, if you want to get a full-body workout without leaving your home, what better way to get moving than burpees? To do a burpee properly:
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and push your hips back and bend your knees into a squat.
From there, you will place your hands on the ground directly before you.
Jump your feet back and softly land in a plank position.
Bring your feet back so they land outside your hands, and explosively jump into the air. You should land in a squat position, ready to do another rep.
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