WHY YOU DON’T NEED A GYM MEMBERSHIP
As we approach summer, more people are making it their mission to tone up, lose a few inches or, in some cases, drop a few pounds. Regardless of their individual fitness goals, the one thing that is salient amongst those choosing to exercise is the desire to not only feel better about themselves but also to improve their health. However, a gym membership may not always be feasible due to budget or time constraints. But all hope is not lost; most exercises that are done using gym equipment can also be done with your bodyweight, often in less than 10 minutes.
If you haven’t worked out in a while, or if you have never worked out before, deciding on what exercises to start with may seem daunting; after all, each exercise targets different muscle groups. That being said, this article is intended to provide you with a few relatively easy routines to help get you started.
WALL PUSH-UP EXERCISE
If you’re not already familiar with this exercise, it is the equivalent of a full body workout. In doing Wall push-ups, you’re working your core while also working your shoulders, chest, and triceps. So, how is this workout done? Well, here is a basic breakdown:
- Place your hands on a wall, making sure that your hands are shoulder-width apart.
- Stand with your feet slightly apart while engaging your abs and keeping your legs straight.
- Lean forward slightly, balancing yourself on your toes while transferring your weight towards the wall.
- Return to the start position, making sure to maintain a straight line.
- Complete 6 to 8 reps with good form.
Although you’re working out at home, this does not mean you’re entitled to skip leg day. In a commercial gym, you would have access to squat racks and leg press machine, but you can get similar results by doing pile squats. This exercise is intended to target the inner thighs, hamstrings, calves, and quadriceps. To get the most out of this exercise, you will want to follow these steps:
- Stand with your legs a little wider than shoulder width.
- Turn your toes so that they are at a 45-degree angle.
- Bend your knees, bringing your thighs parallel to the floor while inhaling.
- Exhale as you return to the starting position.
- Complete 8 to 12 reps, maintaining good form.
Now that we have covered chest, tricep, and leg exercises, what about back exercises? Well, rest assured, there is an at-home exercise that targets your back muscles as well. The reverse fly is a great exercise that works the back while also indirectly working your shoulders. That being said, this routine will require weight resistance; but you needn’t fret, you don’t have to buy expensive dumbbells for this workout. Here is how you get started:
- Hold a can or bottle in each hand.
- Stand in a staggered stance with your palms facing each other
- Extend your arms out to the sides and towards your shoulders, and simultaneously squeeze your shoulder blades together.
- Complete 6 to 8 reps with strict form.
GETTING A SUMMER BODY
Are these exercises intended to be an overarching approach towards getting in shape? Of course not, it is, moreover, an attempt to show what is possible without incurring the cost of a gym membership. If you’re serious about getting in shape before summer rolls around, you’re encouraged to not only try some of these workouts but also look for additional exercises that you can do at home.