Easy exercises you can do at home
Did you know that to keep your heart healthy and your weight under control, you need to walk at least 10,000 steps every day? This may seem daunting, but many activities you do every day, like running errands or housework, can add up to a few hundred or even thousands of steps for you.
To maintain your health and make sure you hit 10,000 steps each day, here are some simple and easy exercises you can do at home. These exercise routines not only help you stay in shape, but also tone your body, since they work on some specific muscle groups. They are much more effective than general exercises like running errands and housework. These are the exercises that you can easily do at home:
– Stretching exercises. Stand with both hands against a wall and swing your left leg back so that your foot is flat on the floor. Wait for a few seconds; then repeat this movement with the right leg. Another great stretching exercise you can do is to lie on your back, using both hands, bring your right knee to your chest, and hold for a few seconds. Repeat this routine with the left leg.
– Curl is very easy to do. Just lie on your back with both hands behind your head and raise your upper body. Repeat this movement 15 to 20 times.
– Leg exercises can be done by lying on your side and lifting each leg repeatedly 15 to 20 times. You can also stand and hold on to the back of a chair and lift your legs back repeatedly.
– Arm exercises. This is important to improve muscle tone. For arm exercises, you can use an exercise band. Place both feet on one end of the band, hold the other ends with each hand, and then repeatedly raise and lower the band (in an up and down motion for 10 to 15 minutes). If you have a pair of dumbbells, you can also use them to work your arms.
– If you are working at home and sitting in front of your computer most of the time, try pressing your toes down in an up and down motion frequently. This activity will help maintain blood circulation in your legs.
– If you know how to dance, put on a music CD and dance for about 20-30 minutes. This is a great cardio workout. You can also incorporate push-ups, sit-ups, and jump rope into your daily home exercise routine.
– Exercise for the abdominals. I found a great 8 minute video showing how to do abs exercises at home. You can see the video in “The best abs workout at home – only 8 minutes“.
NOTE: Always do a few stretches to warm up before beginning any exercise routine to prevent injury.