Balancing fitness, leisure, and home life, can be a difficult task. This is especially true if you find that you don’t have time to make it to the gym as often as you would want to. But just because you don’t have time for scheduled workouts, it doesn’t mean that you can’t find a way to fit in some physical activity. There are a number of exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home, and if you make sure that you perform these at least four to five days out of every week, you can see results that are as good as any expensive gym membership and personal trainer.
With just five simple exercises, you can balance your lifestyle with exercise, for a healthier body and increased energy for anything that life throws at you.
Pull Ups or Rowing Exercises at Home
Upper body strength is essential for a great looking body, and pulling exercises are a great way to work your back muscles. Your back muscles contribute a lot to upper body strength, and with pull ups or rowing exercises, you will use your own weight as resistance. Just make sure you have a sturdy and secure bar to perform pullups on, or invest in a rowing machine for a well-rounded cardio and upper body pulling workout.
We all know this exercise, and yet few people actually perform pushups on a regular basis. Keep your body straight, and perform enough reps so that you can feel the strain, without overexerting yourself. Pushups work your upper body, provide a more stable core, and can raise arm strength.
Like a pushup, but without repeated motion, planking can strengthen your abs, and on your first try, you may be surprised at how difficult it is to hold a perfect plank. Planking has another benefit in that performing this exercise will help your posture by giving you a stronger core and better alignment. Improved posture can help you to look better, even before you have lost weight or built new muscle.
Cardio – Walking, Running, or Cycling
Strength training is one thing, but you won’t reach your full potential without performing cardio. Walking, running, or cycling, can all help to burn calories, increase oxygen flow to muscles, and strengthen your heart. Try to get at least 30 minutes of cardio every day. You can walk on lunch breaks or after work, or you could even cycle to work instead of driving. If you have a treadmill at home, make sure that you use it. If your goal is to lose weight, cardio will be highly effective, as long as you perform it regularly and maintain a brisk but manageable pace.
You might be surprised at how effective home workouts can be with just a set of dumbbells. You can use dumbbells to work multiple regions of your upper body, or you could even use them during squats to increase your resistance. It is well documented that more muscle density means a leaner body with a higher metabolism, and weight training is so easy that you could even do it while you’re watching TV.
There’s really no excuse for not getting regular exercise, and if you have 30 – 60 minutes per day, you can find that you can get a well-balanced workout, even with just the simple exercises that have been discussed above.