Let’s face it. We all have the will to work out; however, we don’t always have a way to work out. Whether you are a mother, student or working full time, it is hard to fit time in for the gym. Usually your day consists of shuffling the kids back and forth to school, gearing up for a big presentation at work or studying for an important exam. It seems like we can never make it to the gym; even for an hour, with our hectic schedules. However, after the kids are dropped off at school, the presentation is done, and our exam is finally finished, we still have some down time at home. Instead of mindless eating or watching TV during your down time, try these equipment-free exercises at home and you will never feel guilty about missing the gym ever again.
Squat and Kick
Put your hands behind your head and stand shoulder-width apart. While bending your knees, sit back as far as you can. Next, as you are standing up from that position, kick your right leg in front of you. Make sure to extend your leg as high as possible. Continue this short exercise by switching legs.
Put your left leg out in front of you and step into a lunge position. Then, jump straight off of the floor and create a “scissor” effect in midair by swinging your arms and legs switching your legs. Next, land in the lunge position, this time with your right leg. Repeat.
Push-Up with Stacked Feet
Get into push-up position and place one foot on top of the other. Do this so the lower foot supports your body. Lower yourself by doing a push-up so your chest almost touches the floor. Stay in this position for about 10 seconds, and then lift yourself up again. Repeat.
Cross-Body Mountain Climber
Get in push-up position with your arms straight out in front of you. Bring your right knee to your right elbow. Once you have completed this task, take your left knee and bring it to your left elbow. Repeat this exercise at a fast pace.
Performing simple equipment-free exercises like these at home will boost your metabolism, and help you burn calories. All it takes is just a few minutes a day!
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