Workout Wednesday: 8 simple exercises you can do at home

Staying healthy is a must in order to live a better life. A good diet is a good way to start a healthier lifestyle that could help you maintain an ideal body. However, there are a lot more benefits if you pair a good diet with an active lifestyle. It’s hard to keep this kind of lifestyle, but there are ways to stay active without sacrificing money for gym membership . Start with these eight basic exercises that you can do at home.

 

1.   Jumping jacks

 

Jumping jacks is a good way to start your workout routine. This cardio exercise could help warm up your body and prevent strains during your whole workout.

 


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2.   Front plank

 

One of the best workout for you abdominal muscles is the front plank. Keep your hips square. Engage your abs by keeping your butt in  a straight line with your whole body and avoid pointing it upwards or letting it flop down. Keep your shoulders directly over your wrists and the balls of your feet pushing into the floor or mat to engage your leg muscles. Avoid collapsing your weight to your shoulders and  squeeze your glutes instead.

 


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3.   Side plank

 

Like front planks, side planks are also good core exercises. Keep your body aligned from head to toe and your elbow directly beneath your shoulders. Keep your shoulders and neck relaxed and your abs engaged. Your hips and knees should be off the floor. You can start by doing 20 secs each side and build up your progression.

 


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4.   Squats

 

Squats help build up your thigh muscles and can help improve your posture. Start with a standing position and slowly go down to a squat. Keep your back straight. Face your head forward and tighten your abs while going down. Legs should be parallel and your knee should be behind your toes. Put your weight on your heels and exhale while going up.

 


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5.   Lunges

 

Lunges are one of the best leg work out. Start with a standing position. With your abs tightened, step one of your foot  forward and bend. Make sure that you land on your heel with your knees behind your toes. Keep your upper body upright and your pelvis horizontal. Avoid bending your body forward or twisting your pelvis to the side.

 


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6.   Push up

 

Not only are push ups good for your arms, but they do well on your chest, back, and core muscles as well. Start with a plank position. Your back should be straight and your fingers should be facing forward. Slowly bring your body down, with your elbows tucked behind you in a 90 degree angle. Bring yourself back up by pushing forward. If you find it hard to do at first you can start by doing in on low surfaces such as small tables, instead of the floor. You can start on the same position and work yourself up until you can do it on the floor. Knee push ups could also help, but they are not as effective as using lower surfaces.

 


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7.   Squat jump

 

Squat jumps is a perfect squat progression. It also works as a fantastic cardio workout. Start on a squat position and then jump up and land on the balls of you feet back to your starting position. Make sure that you are doing the proper form for squats after landing and before jumping back up.

 


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8.   Crunch

 

Crunches are good abdominal exercises that will help with the form of your core. Start by lying flat on your back with your legs on a 90 degree angle. Keep your toes pointed forward. You can either place your hands on the back of your head or bring them forward to your chest. Pull your head up starting from your shoulders and squeeze your abs. Avoid bobbing your head up as it will only tire your neck instead of working with your abs. You can add weights on your arms for progression.

 


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