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Many Americans plan their days around a morning run or a trip to the gym, but the other Americans who don’t have the motivation to do those things, or just simply don’t have the time, usually lack the necessary exercise to keep healthy. The good news is, you don’t need to go far to get the exercise you need, you can do it all in the privacy of your own home without all the fancy equipment. Get yourself motivated when you have some time during your day by pumping some music and get ready for a great at home workout.
Walking is an effective and easy way to get some great exercise to work and tone your muscles. If the weather is nice, take a stroll outside, but if not you can do it in the house. If you have stairs, go up and down them a few times, maybe even grab a load of laundry while you’re doing so. You will be toning your legs and your butt while getting some low impact aerobic exercise. If you don’t have stairs, just walk around the house a few times, it may not be the most exciting thing, but at least you’ll be moving!
Jumping jax and pushups are 2 exercises you can do right in your home and both of them have tremendous value in toning up your body. Jumping jax may bring back memories of gym class back in the day, and they’re also great cardio exercises. Pushups are tough sometimes, but there are a few different ways you can do them. If you have a stronger upper body regular pushups won’t be a problem for you, but for those who don’t have superman upper body strength you can do them on your knees instead of keeping your legs straight. You can also do them while standing up against a wall, you’ll be building arm strength and working your chest muscles.
Crunches are the best exercise for building abdominal muscles and you can do them as you’re watching tv! Whenever a commercial comes on during your favorite show, get some crunches in. While you’re doing your crunches, make sure you’re feeling the stretching of your muscles and you will definitely begin to see the benefit. Squats are great exercises for your legs and butt. Grab a regular chair and sit down and stand up, you don’t have to do too many repetitions, just a few will do the trick. Have a baby? Stick the baby in your favorite carrier (Moby wrap, or baby backpack) and add some weight to your squats!
Last, but not least, is dancing and/or jogging in place. Dancing is a wonderful exercise that is great for your heart. It’s fun and can really bring you from a bad mood right into a good one. Turn up the music and dance your heart out! Jogging in place is another great exercise for your heart and you can do it while you’re watching tv or listening to music. All you need is a good pair of sneakers to eliminate any stress to your legs. Get moving today and build your home exercises into your every day schedule!