One of the main reasons people fail to stick to a workout regimen is because they struggle to find the motivation to regularly hit the gym. This is partly because of a lack of motivation to actually complete the workout, but, perhaps quite surprisingly, the commute is another significant factor which puts people off and causes them to skip days.
Working out from home can therefore be a better option for many people. Now, some of you are probably thinking “I don’t have enough space for bulky gym equipment in my flat”, but there are actually many exercises which you can do without any equipment whatsoever.
If you like the idea of working out from home, read on to discover some of the best equipment-less exercises you can do.
Sit-ups are a great way to build core strength and break a sweat at home! You simply need to lie down on your back with your knees bent at an angle and lift the upper half of your body forward, before going backward again.
Try to keep your legs still while performing this exercise, and try to avoid aggressively jerking your body forward, as this may lead to a back injury.
The number of sit-ups you should do is dependent on how many is a challenge for you. The most important thing is to push yourself and increase the number of reps you do over time.
Squats are a fantastic exercise to do at home, as they require very little space and are an awesome way to tone your legs. There are loads of different types of squats, each with different challenges and benefits, but they all involve you standing straight and lowering your bum close to the ground and then raising it up back to a normal standing position.
If you have any dumbbells lying around at home, feel free to combine them with your squats for more of a challenge.
Push-ups are one of the most challenging exercises you can do at home, especially if you are quite heavy and don’t have good upper body strength. But, they are also one of the most rewarding, and you’ll notice a big improvement in no time if you stick at it.
There are loads of different push-up variations which allow you to target a different part of your upper body or to increase the difficulty.
To do a push-up, you need to go on the ground with only your hands and toes making contact. You then will gradually bring your upper body down, before raising it, all while keeping your legs stable and your back flat.
If you’re really struggling with this, you can rest your knees on the ground to take some of the load off of your arms.
A Quick Summary
- Home workouts are growing in popularity, mainly because it’s easier to stick to such workouts as you don’t have to find the motivation to drag yourself to a gym.
- And, if you don’t want to spend loads of money on expensive equipment, there are plenty of effective workouts which you can do at home with absolutely no equipment.
- These include push-ups, sit-ups, and squats.
- Each of these exercises targets a different area of your body, so you can get a full-body workout.