Oftentimes people think they need to go to the gym to get in shape. That is just not the case! There are things in your home that are available to you right now that you can use for a great workout at home!
You need look no further than your kitchen for an effective home workout! The counter is perfect for push ups. Start by standing 2 feet away from the counter. Put your hands on the counter, then lower yourself down keeping your body in a straight line and back up. Engage your abs for an effective ab workout. I often advise clients to do push ups while waiting for their coffee to brew, hot water to boil or if they are heating something up in the microwave.
For our next home workout, let’s go have a seat on the edge of a kitchen chair. Your legs should be at a 90 degree angle with your feet firmly on the ground. As you stand up, keep your weight in your heels, then sit back down just until your butt barely touches the chair, and stand back up again. Presto, you’ve just done a perfect squat! If you’re a beginner, start with 10 a day. When they get easy, hold a bag of books to increase the resistance. This is a great way to increase the intensity of your home workout!
For balance, stand a bit away from the counter or the chair. Standing on one leg, lower yourself slowly until your hand touches the surface and slowly come back up. Use your right hand, and your right leg comes up off the ground. Repeat 5 times on each side.
Finally, pack a reusable bag with some cans/books. Squat down, pick them up, and put them on the counter. Repeat 5 times on each side.
In closing, you can find ways to discover a great home workout if you get in the habit of looking for them! Look for ways to engage your abs and your core while you tidy up around the house, or add some formal reps to the process of unpacking the groceries. If you’d like more insight on how to effectively workout at home, check out our home exercise page.