Fitness is not bound to the gym or in-home workout challenges. Many people keep delaying their fitness journey because they feel as though working out at the gym is not for them, or because they just don’t have the time. If you find yourself in these situations, we’re here to tell you that fitness is achievable from the comfort of your own home. Especially as a beginner, you can easily work on building strength and muscle at home with little to no equipment. All you really need is a fitness mat.
Here are 3 exercises that will help you begin your fitness journey.
Everyone knows about push-ups, but not many people can do them. If you get into the high plank form but then can’t lower yourself down gradually, this means you lack the upper body strength to do push-ups, and that’s perfectly fine.
No one is born with the ability to do push-ups. It’s something that develops over time, with an increase in upper body strength.
So, for starters, try wall push-ups. Stand an arms distance away from a wall and then lean onto it, with your hands on the wall, in line with your shoulders. Make sure your elbows don’t bend outward, and push yourself away from the wall using the strength of your upper body.
Once you’re comfortable with wall push-ups you can move onto a high table, and then keep choosing objects closer and closer to the ground, till you can do a normal push-up. This will work on strengthening your arms, abs and shoulders.
Don’t worry; these are easier than a normal plank and more effective. Get into a low plank position and slowly sway your hips from side to side in a way that they almost touch the ground on either side. Do this for 30 seconds at a time and you are bound to feel the burn in your obliques. Plank hip-dips are an excellent exercise for building abs and work even better with a controlled diet.
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Squats are the most versatile exercise ever. You can do them with just your body weight, you can add resistance bands, you can add a barbell or even a kettlebell. Beginners should always try squats because, as you grow stronger, you can keep increasing the resistance by adding weights or even changing the variation of your squat.
Once squats start seeming boring, you can try sumo squats or jump squats. Not only do these work your glutes and quads, but also work on your abs if you keep your core engaged while doing them.
Just make sure you have the right form and, if you’re a beginner, start with a regular squat and work your way up.
If you feel like you need some guidance to start your fitness journey, at On the Go Fitness Pro, we have in home personal trainer Arlington VA. We can help you make sure your form is correct and get you to achieve your goal body at home.