The gym isn’t always an accessible place, especially not with so many physical locations and storefronts temporarily closed. Luckily, gyms and fitness centers aren’t essential for staying in shape. While you may not have benchpress and elliptical resources at home, you have the most important element when it comes to exercise—your body. Whether you want to lose weight, tone your muscles, or build your physique, it’s doable in the comfort of your own home! These at-home bodyweight exercises are just what you need to stay in shape while staying inside.
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) combines a variety of high-effort exercises over a short amount of time. HIIT may have normal cardio beat, as it boosts metabolic rates and allows people to burn calories fast. For example, one can burn more calories doing a 15 minute HIIT treadmill workout oppose to doing 1 hour of fast-paced cardio. It’s hard, though, and will have you sweating after just a few minutes. The following is an example of exercises that can be done in a HIIT routine:
- Flutter kick squats 40 sec.
- Jumping jacks 40 sec.
- High knees 20 sec.
- Burpees 30 sec.
Love them or hate them, burpees are a great workout strategy to engage your whole body. They come in a variety of forms, and you can choose which type of burpee is tailored to your fitness goals. In the traditional burpee, you start in a squat position and jump straight up with your arms raised above your head. Then, you get on the ground stomach-down and perform a pushup. Repeat these movements for as many reps as you like. Your whole body will burn, but it’s all worth it; the different forms needed to complete burpees engage muscles in the midsection and back, as well as the glutes. Plus, it’s a great way to get in your cardio.
Planks another “controversial” workout that pack a whole lot of punch. The proper plank posture involved holding up your body weight with your forearms. In doing so, you’re sculpting your body and toning up your muscles.
- Get in a press-up position.
- Rest on the forearms rather than the hands.
- Ensure that the back is straight.
- Tighten the abs and glutes.
- Hold this position for 30 to 60 seconds.