Continuing from our previous blog post, here we give you 8 easy workouts that you can do from the comfort of your living room. These workouts are so easy, that you can fit them in anytime, even if you’re so ridiculously busy!
Everyone knows what push-ups are, but not everyone can do them. You should still try though. Even if you can only do 2 push-ups a day, continue to do 2 push-ups a day. Push-ups build our upper body strength as they work the triceps and shoulders. They can also strengthen our lower back and core (strengthening the core can help prevent future back pain). As you get stronger and can do more push-ups, try aim for doing 20 a day.
Lunges are a simple workout you can do around the house. You might look a little funny, but at least you’re helping yourself. Lunges are the best workout for our quads. They also help with our core – making it stronger and more stable, and our balance. Aim for 2 sets of 10 lunges on each leg.
Planking is probably the best workout for overall bodyweight toning. Planking helps increase our flexibility as it mainly stretches the lower half of our body. It also builds strength and stability in our core. Sidenote: You’re probably wondering why already 3 of these workouts are related to benefitting our core. That’s because we constantly engage our core every day – lifting, turning, reaching, bending etc. Therefore, our core is one of the most important areas of our body that we need to work on, hence these core-strengthening workouts. Aim to hold your plank for 1 minute.
Squats are known for mainly helping build our leg muscles – calves, hamstrings and quadriceps. However, they can benefit our whole body as they create an anabolic environment (muscle building), meaning they promote body-wide muscle building. Aim for 20 squats a day.
For those who don’t know what bicycles are, here’s a simple explanation. Lie on your back with your feet in the air and have your knees bent. Place your hands behind your head. Pump your legs in a bicycle motion, vigorously. This workout is good, especially for weight loss. It also helps with muscle building as various muscles are involved. You will find after a couple of weeks of doing this workout, that you have gained toned and strengthened abdominal muscles. Aim to do this workout for 1 minute.
To do your dip workout at home, sit on a sturdy chair with your hands holding the edge of the seat. Push your butt forward until you’re suspended in front of the chair and your weight is supported by your arms. Bend your elbows and drop your hips towards the floor, then straighten your arms again. Dips work our chest, front shoulders and triceps as well as strengthening our core. They also activate a lot of our stabilising muscles. Aim to do 20.
Hands up if you did jumping jacks as kids! Now, who would’ve thought that jumping jacks would become such a beneficial workout? Jumping Jacks are great for getting your heart rate up, but they also get you to move your body out of its normal plane of motion, in turn improving your stamina and overall endurance. Jumping Jacks also increase the amount of blood and oxygen that reaches your muscles. Just make sure you do them properly and that your hands go over your head each time. Aim to do 20.
Last but not least, a classic. Sit-ups help strengthen our core and more specifically, aids our lower back, which as mentioned before, can reduce the risk of back pain. Aim to do 20.
There you have it, 8 easy workouts that you can do from the comfort of your living room. These workouts are simple enough that you can do them when it suits you but helpful enough to get your body in better shape. Even if your goal isn’t necessarily to lose weight, these workouts will still help with strengthening and stability, allowing you to move around better, as well as giving you more energy.
We’d love to hear what type of workouts you do, so pop in and say hi! We’re located walking distance from the station and Westfield Parramatta (inside Fitness First), open 6 days a week, and we take after work bookings.