Tired of slogging for hours in a gym only to be exhausted and unmotivated to go back? This one’s for you!
Incorporating fitness in your daily routine can be hard, especially with the hectic lifestyle we lead. Thankfully, there are exercises out there that can help you get into shape without spending precious hours and without wasting money on gym memberships. The following exercises have been tried as tested and have been proven as some of the most effective methods of getting into shape.
1. The Plank
The Plank is one of the best exercises for toning your core and your arms. This simple exercise can start showing you amazing results after starting it out for just one minute a day.
Place your hands under your shoulders, or slightly wider apart.
Squeeze in your butt.
Keep your body parallel to the ground as shown in the image above
Tighten your core and stomach area.
Tuck your chin.
Fix your gaze on the floor, either between or just beyond your hands.
Squats are one of the easiest ways to tone up your thighs and calves. This simple exercise can be performed even while watching tv or waiting for your popcorn to pop. Just five minutes of this simple exercise per day can help you see your legs getting firmer than before.
Position your feet somewhere between hip- and shoulder-width apart.
Turn your toes out as needed to accommodate flexibility through the movement.
Keep your chest tall.
Look ahead and slightly up.
Be sure your knees are tracking in line with your toes.
Squat as deep as your flexibility allows.
3. Push ups
For someone who is incredibly unfit, push ups can be hard because of the immense pressure they put on your forearms and core. If you are someone who is new to push-ups, don’t worry, a plank/ half pushup hybrid is good enough for the first few days provided you want to work towards actually doing pushups.
Place your hands directly under your shoulders.
Position your feet hip-width apart.
Maintain a plank position; your body should be in a straight line from the back of your head to your hips.
Keep your neck neutral, keeping it in line with your shoulders.
As you lower, keep your elbows close to your body.
4. Glute Bridge
This exercise is incredibly easy and even works if you are someone who is too lazy to get out of bed. Do this every day, and you will start seeing a toner fitter you in a few months.
Lie on your back.
Place your feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart, toes pointing forward, with your knees bent.
Contract your abs.
Push through your heels to push your hips off the floor.
5. Side Lunge
This exercise takes care of your cardio workout requirement for the day. Do this in conjunction with the other exercises, and you will be fitter in no time!
Keep your chest up.
Shift your weight through your midfoot and heel.
Lunge as low as your flexibility allows.