As much as we all like to stay fit and active, sometimes it’s not possible to make it to your gym session. Life or other commitments can get in the way – but that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on your daily workout. We’ve put together a handy list of eight easy exercises that you can do at home to stay on top of your gains.
Get into the press-up position. Your hands should be positioned a shoulder-width apart, and your back should be flat, so that a straight-line forms from your head to down to your heels. Lower your body until your chest is roughly an inch from the floor, and then push yourself upwards by fully extending your arms.
Stand with your feet a shoulder-width apart, with your arms held out in front of you. Gradually lower your body as if you were about to sit in a chair, being careful to make sure your knees stay in line with your toes.
Get into the same position you would to do press-ups, but instead rest on your forearms and your toes. Ensure that your back is straight, and tense your glutes and abs. Try to hold this position for as long as you can without your hips sagging.
Stand tall with your feet a shoulder-width apart. Keeping your back straight, take a step forward with your right leg, lowering your body until your right shin is vertical, and your right thigh is parallel to the floor. Press into your heel to drive yourself back up into the starting position, and repeat with the other leg.
Stand with a dumb bell in each hand. Curl the weights until the dumb bells are level with your shoulder, keeping your upper arms stationary. Remember that only the lower half of your arm should move, so make sure to keep your elbows still. Lower your arm slowly, and repeat.
Stand tall with your hands and arms by your side, and with your knees slightly bent. Jump up, extending your arms and legs into a star shape, and land softly, bringing your legs back together and your arms back to your side. Try and keep your back straight during the exercise.
Stand facing away from a bench, then grab it with both hands, spacing them about a shoulder-width apart. Stretch your legs out in front of you and plant them firmly. Gradually lower your body, flexing at the elbow until your forearm is at a 90° angle. Slowly lift yourself back into the starting position.
Start off by lying flat on your back, raise your legs so that your knees are bent at a 90° angle, and put your hands either side of your head. Try to ensure that your lower back stays in contact with the ground at all times, and lift your shoulders a few inches off the floor.
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