Not all of us have the time to go to the gym 5 days a week which is what, we are so frequently reminded, should be doing. Whether its finding time outside of your 9-5 or finding a spare minute after looking after the kids all day, going to the gym can sometimes be the last thing on your mind. Fear not however as today we compiled a list of 7 of the most effective exercises that you can do without stepping foot out of your front door. Finding the right home workouts can be a costly endeavour but don’t worry, all of these exercises require no equipment and can be done from the comfort of your very own home.
The push up is a great way of working all your core muscles and good news, no equipment needed. Push ups have the ability to work your legs, arms, shoulders, core, back and the list goes on. After mastering the basic push up why not attempt other forms of the exercise to keep things interesting. One handed? Clapping? One fingered? The choices are endless and a great way of building muscle and keeping fit.
Mastering the plank can be a difficult task but a well worth endeavour. Aimed at working the core, this exercise can be useful as you can attempt it for as long as your body can handle. 30 seconds, 1 minute or even more if you can, the plank is a useful way of testing your strength and endurance. Variations of the Plank are also a way of mixing things up and motivating you to keep you on your toes.
The myth that squats are only for those heavy set 300 lbs strongmen training for Mr Olympia couldn’t be further from the truth. Squats can be done on the spot without any weight and be effective as ever. Try it 1000 times without any weights and you will quickly realise how taxing squats can really be. Another useful tip is to stand straight against the wall and attempt the squat, it makes things that little bit harder.
Talking of working the core, crunches or sit ups are the way forward. Whether its setting a set number to do in an allotted period of time or finding variations of the exercise, sit ups are arguably the most useful of the non- equipment exercises that can be done easily at home. An efficient way of whipping those abs into shape, crunches are a great full body exercise to
The last on our list involves those dreaded lunges. A leg killer indeed, the lunge is works all your lower body muscles and if carried out properly can leave you limping for days. Again a variety of the exercise can be implemented some of which include on the spot lunges, weighted lunges or mobile lunges. Take your pick and see what best suits you and get to work!