Whether you’re expecting, just had a baby or finally thinking of getting in shape, you don’t have to worry about not having the time or money for the gym. There are many low to no costs exercises you can do at home to get into better shape. Some exercises you can do while watching TV or multitasking like going over drills with your kid for homework or to prep for a test.
Everyday Health came up with 8 exercises you can do at home to get fit, here are three of my faves:
Create Your Own dumbbells
Strength training is an important part of anyone’s fitness routine. Ideally, you should work all your major muscle groups at least two days per week. If you don’t have any dumbbells or traditional weights on hand, use plastic bottles or jugs filled with sand or water for an easy workout. Experiment with the size and fullness of the bottles until you find a weight that’s right for you.
According to the New York Times, running up steps might be the single best exercise of all. So channel your inner Rocky and use stairs in nearby buildings, stadiums, or in your own home for an easy workout. Climbing stairs causes you to lift your body weight, so you’ll strengthen your legs and hips and get cardio exercise at the same time. To get started with this at-home exercise, climb up a flight of stairs and then back down, going a little faster on the way down to keep up intensity. Build up to 10 minutes of nonstop stair-climbing.
Use Resistance Bands
Resistance bands, which look like long, wide rubber bands or cords, are inexpensive, portable, and a great way to add strengthening practice to your home workout. You can use them for chest presses, arm curls, squats, and many other moves, and they come in different tensions. To purchase resistance bands, check your local sporting-goods store or online fitness supply sites.
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