Summer is finally here, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to work towards a body you feel confident in. Learn 15 quick and easy workouts that you can do regularly in the comfort of your own home to help you reach your fitness goals.
1. Split squats
Split squats should be a go-to exercise if you want to strengthen and tone your lower body. Walk forward as if you are about to lunge. Maintain good shape with your upright torso and lower your body until your back knee almost touches the floor. Unlike a lunge, you won’t be moving your feet. You will perform your reps keeping your feet in a static position.
Mountain climbers are a great way to engage your abdominal muscles. It’s also a great cardio exercise! Get into a push-up position and place your shoulders directly over your hands. Then alternately bring each leg back towards your chest, moving as fast as you can.
3. Run (or walk!)
Running is not only a great cardio exercise, it can also be a great stress reliever. If you are not an avid runner, a walk can also be effective at burning calories and is a great way to take care of yourself.
4. Side boards
Side planks are also a great way to work to strengthen core muscles. One thing that sets this exercise apart from other core exercises? The side planks take all the pressure off the back, so it’s a great exercise if you’re prone to back pain or injury.
5. High knees
This high-intensity cardio exercise is ideal for those who are constantly on the move and lack free time. For a minute, run in place and lift your knees as high as possible.
For this exercise, you only need a chair. To do this exercise correctly, you will first need to sit on the chair and place your hands on the front edge of the seat. Then push forward until you are suspended directly in front of the seat. You will support yourself with your arms. Then bend your elbows and lower your body. Once you’ve reached as low as possible, get back up. Do this exercise in groups of ten.
Another exercise for good abs? Bicycles. For this exercise, you will be lying on your back with your feet in the air. Bend your knees and place your hands behind your head and move your legs in a circular motion, as if you are riding a bicycle.
8. Crouching jumps
The squat jump is a high intensity exercise that works the glutes. To do this exercise well, you bend down as if you are about to do a plank. Once you are crouched, push off the ground in a jump and extend your legs straight. Then land in a crouched position.
By using a combination of these exercises, you will get stronger and more confident just in time to enjoy the rest of the summer!