If you can afford the time and money required to go to the gym and build your muscles there, working out at home is no longer entirely necessary. But for those who neither have the time nor the financial resources to do that, here are a few home exercises to get you started on your home workout regimen.
For every effective workout, there needs to be an effective cardio exercise in between the strength and power training. These cardio exercises improve the circulation of oxygen around your body and especially your muscles so you can burn fat around them effectively as well as improve your overall endurance.
Simple cardio exercises include performing jump ropes, stair lunges, step-ups, and burpies. Performing these for 30 to 60 seconds while going full out and giving around the same time for resting helps you achieve that circulatory stability and fat burn that will in turn facilitate a successful regimen.
Now off to the power training. If you have a set of barbells and dumbbells then you can immediately start on bicep curls, tricep curls, and weight lifting to set the mood for your upper arm, shoulder, and chest muscles. These basic exercises are the foundation of a good workout regimen for the entire body.
However, if you do not have these equipment, there are improvised ways to go about achieving the same desired output when working out at home.
Doing body squats and wall squats are exercises that you can do either at the gym or at home. You simply stand with feet apart and squat all the way down as low as you can using your own body weight as your counterforce. You may even hold large books balanced on your palms facing up lateral to your shoulders to help increase the weight.
Next up, you can make standard push-ups more difficult and intense by performing them on an exercise ball. If you don’t have one, you can use a basketball, volleyball, or better yet, a relatively large and sturdy beach ball. The extra muscle involvement for this exercise required for stability and counteracting the absorption of the force of the push-up, which does not happen when you do so on solid ground, helps to tone multiple core muscle groups at the same time.
You can also try tricep dips with an armchair that can easily support your weight. Hold your entire body up with your arms firmly upon the arms of the chair and slowly bring yourself down to sit on the chair. For added weight, you can even rest your heels on a table or bed in front of you and place weights like large books on your thighs as you perform the dips.
There are numerous other improvisations you can do when working out at home. Barbell and dumbbell replacements can be made with sturdy Gerry cans filled to the brim with water connected with a steel pipe in between. Use your creativity and just remember to keep committed to what you do. Constant conditioning of the muscles will inevitably result to stronger and better-defined musculature, but stopping the process for long periods of time will also see the developed muscles begin to weaken and atrophy.
Working out at home can be not just rewarding, but also fun.