“It doesn’t matter where you work out, it’s what you’re doing, how often you’re exercising and ensuring that it’s effective that makes it most beneficial,” says exercise physiologist Andrea Doepker-Gavidia of Train For Life Fitness & Lifestyle Consultingin Saskatoon.
Doepker-Gavidia argues that you can easily get fit in the comfort of your own home — as long as you’re up to the challenge.
If you can avoid the phone calls, the television and chatty kids or family members in the background, Doepker-Gavidia says you can set a schedule to reach your health and weight goals without spending any money on memberships or stability balls.
“Choose exercises that are full body movements that mimic everyday patterns. These will use more energy and incorporate more muscle groups and will teach your body how to move as a whole more efficiently,” she tells The Huffington Post Canada.
Working out with weights has proven to both intensify and speed up your metabolism, according to Women’s Health magazine, but sometimes using just your bodyweight or sticking to cardio can combat stress better than strength training.
Here are 10 exercises we’ve learned from acefitness that you can do in the comfort of your own home…. Optimal Weight Control program recommend starting out with 15 to 30 minutes 3 to 4 times a week and increase to 30-1 hour 5 to 6 days a week whenever you’re ready!
Who doesn’t want to think they have super powers? Great stretch as well when you picture trying to touch the opposing walls with your fingers and toes.
The Push-up is an oldie but goodie. You can modify intensity by changing hand placement.
3. Contralateral Limb Raises
Don’t let the name scare you – this is great for toning those troubling upper body areas.
4. Bent Knee Push-up
A great starting option if you struggle with the correct form using a full Push-Up.
5. Downward-facing Dog
Slow and controlled movement very important – wonderful calf stretch.
6. Bent-Knee Sit-up / Crunches
Most people don’t know how to perform a proper sit-up/crunch – that is until now. Core Power!
7. Push-up with Single-leg Raise
A great progression from a regular Push-Up but remember to keep proper form.
8. Front Plank
This is harder than it looks! Your back and abs will love you.
9. Side Plank with Bent Knee
Great way to add in hips work without the need for any equipment other than your own body weight.
10. Squat Jumps
A bit of heart rate work while working on total body movement.