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Easy Home Workouts: Compliments of Healthline!

July 29, 2013

Healthline.com recently contacted me about doing a guest post for Gluten Free Muse and of course I was all over it 🙂  Healthline is a wonderful resource for medical and life tips in general.  I was thrilled when they offered to do a post on ANYTHING I thought would be of interest to you all, my readers!  I thought Easy Home Workouts would be right up your alley.  Enjoy!

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Easy Home Workouts

Many times, going to the gym is about the hardest thing a person can do early in the morning or after a hard days work. It takes a lot of time to get ready, and travel to and from the gym can be an extreme hassle. It’s not surprising that many busy folks are now finding that working out at home is a much easier way to get that much needed exercise in without the travel and inconvenience of going to the fitness club.  Most might be concerned that all that fancy equipment used in health clubs are the only way to work out properly. Not so. You can do a lot of fitness training at home, and without any equipment whatsoever. Below are a few examples:

Jogging In Place, Walking and Stepping

For the cardiovascular fitness everyone requires, jogging is a great exercise for the heart. It might surprise you that jogging in place at home while listening to music or watching TV is nearly just as good as a 4-mile run in the park. And speaking of music, dancing burns those same calories off, as well as boosting the serotonin levels. The only equipment required are jogging shoes and a very small area to do your jogging or dancing sessions. You can even sprint in place for those “cardioburst” exercises that are so popular. Using the steps in your home, you can do step training, which will tone your leg muscles and give you some low impact aerobic exercise as well. If you don’t have any stairs or don’t want to jog in place, just walk around the house a few times. 10,000 steps a day is the equivalent to a very healthy level of activity.

Squats, Jumping Jacks and Leg-Lifts

Squats are great for the buttocks and legs. You can do squats simply by sitting and standing up in reputation from a regular chair. As long as you’re able to do a few repetitions, you will be providing some benefit to your body. Leg Lifts are fantastic for strengthening your quads and hamstrings.  If you find it difficult to do the exercises with your legs straight, try bending them slightly. And finally, Jumping Jacks really give you a good leg burn as well as providing some great cardio to the mix.

The Harder Stuff

Pushups aren’t necessarily the most favorite exercise of many people, but while they can be hard to do, you can find easier ways to do them. For example, do them on your knees, instead of keeping your legs straight. Or, do them standing up against a wall. You will be building up arm strength and working out muscles in your chest area. Crunches are the best exercise for building up and strengthening abdominal muscles. Do these so you begin to feel the stretching of the muscles.  And if you must lift weights, find some household items like milk gallons, detergent bottles or water jugs.  These will provide you enough weight to get some strength training in for your shoulders, chest and arms.

Getting some exercise is vital, but you don’t need to go out and join a fitness club or buy expensive equipment. Use what you have in your house, and work out at home. You will be more likely to keep up with the exercises that are super convenient and when you’re comfortable.

Contributor

David Novak is a international syndicated newspaper columnist, appearing in newspapers, magazines, radio and TV around the world. His byline has appeared in GQ, National Geographic, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, among others, and he has appeared on The Today Show, the CBS Morning Show and Paul Harvey Radio. David is a specialist at consumer technology, health and fitness, and he also owns a PR firm and a consulting company where he and his staff focus on these industries. He is a regular contributing editor for Healthline. For more information, visit http://contributors.healthline.com

**I was not compensated for this post and the content was provided by Healthline.com**

What are your ideas for home workouts??

xoxo

Alyssa

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 17, 2013 6:29 am

    Very true, home workouts are amazingly effective. These exercises are great, I also include others such as floor bridges, planks, and Lunges.

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