We’ve all been spending more time at home, and some of us are finding we’ve gotten a bit…fluffier than we used to be. No fear, bodyweight exercises are here! And, you can do them at home! Not sure what bodyweight exercise even means? It simply means using your own body weight as resistance against gravity, and that means using little, or no gym equipment.
Not only are bodyweight exercises convenient, incorporating some into your routine can help prevent common injuries, and help build strength. Try out a few of these exercises to help you improve posture, and strengthen your stride. With these exercises, you can target your core, upper body, and legs.
Lower body air squat:
Stand with your feet slightly wider than the width of your hips, with your toes pointing slightly outward. Hold your hands together at your chest to help maintain your balance. Bend at your knees and push your hips back. Be sure to keep your chest lifted. Press down through your heels and slowly return to a standing position. Try to do about 10-15 reps.
Lower body walking lunge:
Start with your feet hip-width apart. Take a step forward with your right foot, while bending both knees to about 90 degrees. Drive through your right heel as you stand, while using your left foot to step forward, and drop to a left-sided lunge. Continue to walk forward, being sure your back knee is hovering just over the floor, with every step. To amp this up, you can add holding two dumbbells. Try doing 10-15 reps.
Lower body single leg balance:
Start while standing with your hands on your hips. Shift your weight to your left leg, and raise your right knee up, to form a 90-degree angle with your hip, knee, and your ankle. Hold it here for 30-60 seconds, and try again on the other leg.
Check around to see what other bodyweight exercises might work for you, and try to incorporate three to five exercises into your workout, three, or more, times each week. Stick with 10-15 reps for each exercise, and try to work in at least three sets each.
It is possible to stay home and remain (or in most of our cases: get) fit. Incorporate some of these simple exercises into your day, and that fluff will be a thing of the past. With Flex in Key West, Florida we have many workout videos and online fitness classes so you can workout at home. If you’re here in Key West, come join our 30-minute high-intensity workouts so you can change your lifestyle to make you healthier and happier! Check out Flex in Key West or visit our website today to learn more about our fitness classes and why we have the best fitness program in Key West!