It’s Sunday morning, you have no work, you want to sleep in, but for your New Year’s resolution, you promised to start exercising whether that be for losing weight or to build up cardio. You lack the motivation to do anything, and all you want to do is just sleep in. To make matters worse, you have no idea what to do or how to go about it. Well, you’re not alone.
Each year millions make the decision to get fit but rarely act on it out of pure laziness or not knowing where to start. Do you walk 30 minutes a day? How about jogging? Do I need to buy exercise equipment? These are just some of the questions people ask themselves before starting an exercise regimen. That’s why we are going to list the top five free exercises of 2017.
1.Walking- It should be no surprise that walking would be the first thing mentioned: it’s free, inexpensive, you can do it to get where you’re going, and when done properly is very effective. If you can dedicate just 30 minutes straight of brisk walking at least three days out of the week, you’ll begin to notice gradual weight loss and your stamina will start to improve.
2. Squats- Oh boy squats, you mean that thing that leaves your legs wobbly like a drunk man? Squats aren’t just good exercise; they help with flexibility, hip, knee, and ankle injuries. It improves communication between your brain and muscles; it even promotes bathroom regularity. Have back pain? It can even help with that too, not to mention squats are also free.
3. Swimming- Look! Another free option! Yes, swimming can be fun, but it’s also really good exercise too. If you sit back and think about it, the amount of effort it takes you to keep yourself afloat or to swim from one side to the other, you start to notice the amount of effort swimming involves. This option is especially useful for older people as swimming provides a slight impact on the joints in the body.
4.Pull Ups- This one you may think wait a minute, don’t I need equipment to do that? Not really, if you can find something to put in your hallway or in between the door, that’s all you need. There are even some people that have been creative with other ways such as putting a bar in between two trees, mainly, if it’s higher than you, you can use it. Pull ups aren’t just good for exercise; they can help build muscles in your arms and upper back as well.
5. The Plank- No we’re not talking about walking a plank off a ship, a plank is a form of exercise that involves leaning on both your elbows and feet, lifting your body off the ground and holding it there. This simple but effective exercise helps build arm, shoulder, and back strength.
As you can see, you don’t need fancy equipment to get the results you want. There are many good free exercise options out there that are just as effective, if not better. So what are you waiting for, don’t put off your New Year’s resolution any longer, the name of the game is to keep moving.